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BYU basketball: Jesse Wade announces transfer to BYU

The former Utah prep standout is headed back to his home state to play for the Cougars.

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Incarnate Word Cardinals guard Sam Burmeister (15) brings the ball down court against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jesse Wade (10) during the second half at McCarthey Athletic Center on Nov 29, 2017, in Spokane, Wash.
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Former Utah high school standout and Gonzaga player Jesse Wade has decided on the next step of his basketball journey, and it’s BYU.

Wade played one season at Gonzaga after serving a mission to France. He appeared in 20 games for the Bulldogs, totaling 26 points.

At 6-foot-1, he averaged 27 points per game as a senior at Davis (Utah) High School.

Despite his prep career, Wade did not originally receive an offer from BYU or Utah out of high school.

Due to transfer rules, Wade will have to sit out and redshirt this upcoming season. He will a redshirt sophomore when he returns for the 2019-2020 season.

His sister, Olivia, was possibly the best soccer player in Utah and will be starting her college career in Provo this upcoming season.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said the following in a news release upon the announcement of Wade’s departure: “He is an incredible teammate who is an exceptionally hard worker and a tremendous role model. We have truly appreciated everything he has given us on and off of the court, and enjoyed having Jesse in our program. We wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”