by Kimya Oliver
The Salt Lake City Stars, the affiliate of the Utah Jazz, have drafted Zaire Wade. He is NBA legend Dwyane Wade’s son. Wade was selected with the number ten pick in the first round of the 2021 NBA G-League Draft.
High School Sensation
Wade spent his freshman year playing for Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, then moved to Miami to play his sophomore and junior year at Heritage High School. He spent his senior season at Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, California. He was teammates there with Bronny James, son of LeBron James. Wade was a three-star guard standing at six feet three inches and 170 pounds.
In April 2020, Wade transferred to Brewster Academy. He had multiple offers from colleges like UC Santa Barbara, DePaul, Nebraska, Rhode Island, TCU, South Carolina, and Toledo, but had no interest in playing college basketball.
Players now can either commit to a college to play one year and declare for the NBA Draft. However, another way to get drafted into the NBA is sign a G-league contract and enter the draft after completing a season there.
Wade is a lefty who has tremendous ability to catch and shoot and create space for himself to get a better shot. He isn’t an overly explosive or flashy player, but knows how to use his ability to get himself in the correct spots.
His father is well known for how amazing his career was. Can his son live up to the hype around his last name? Will he be drafted next year to the NBA?
Recently, Wade has purchased a minority share of the Jazz. Was he drafted because of his father is owning part of the Utah Jazz? Should he have gone to college to get more prepared for the NBA?
Wade and the Stars will begin their G-League season November 5, 2021 when they face the Oklahoma City Blue.
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