Ryan Wade, one of the most talented and sought-after basketball players in the area, got a personal and up-close look at the recruiting process. Not only does he know what to expect, but he also knows what not to expect. And one of those things he isn’t expecting is for the recruiting process to be a distraction – because his brother showed him the advantages of playing distraction free.
Brandon Wade, nominated last year for Mr. Basketball, helped lead the Skyline Eagles to the program’s most successful season in 2017-18. But before his senior year tipped off, Brandon was signed, sealed and delivered to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Ryan Wade, who will be a senior this year, hopes to follow the same blueprint.
“Having my brother go through it right before me helped a lot,” says Ryan, who is fielding offers from all levels of college basketball. “It gave me a taste of the entire process and how to get a feel for the school that’s best for you as a student and a player.”
Ryan started off the summer with Division 1 offers from Toledo, University of Detroit, Kent State and Central Michigan. During the summer, he picked up offers from Air Force, San Diego, Robert Morris, Holy Cross, Sam Houston State and North Dakota.
His “value” increased over the summer playing with 1Nation.
“The summer with 1Nation went really well,” said Ryan, a tall, slashing guard/forward who can shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor. “We got a lot better as a team and finally started to string things together. Just really happy with the way we finished out.”
While he was doing the things he usually does on a basketball court, Ryan also spent a lot of time working on his game.
“An area of my game I wanted to work on was getting myself open, setting screens, coming off screens and getting to my spots on the court when I’m being denied,” he said.
He certainly won’t be denied playing Division 1 college basketball. With so many offers already on the table from D-1 teams, his focus is now on the top level of college basketball.
“The recruiting process has been amazing,” he says. “There’s so many relationships I’ve made with great coaches and great schools. Just blessed to have the interest I have from the schools who are recruiting me.”
Ryan is looking for a coaching staff that he bonds with and trusts to develop him both as a player and as a person. A place “I feel at home with and see myself spending the next four years of my life at.”
He admits the experience can get a little stressful.
“But I just make sure to remind myself of the big picture and how grateful I am to have the opportunity to get a free education and play the game I love most at a high level,” says Ryan, who plans on studying something in the business/marketing field. “I don’t really have a timeline for my commitment. I just want to make sure I take everything into consideration. Hopefully it’s all done before the high school season starts so I can put all my focus in to that.”
Just like his brother did.