The son of former NBA superstar Dwyane Wade, Sierra Canyon High School senior Zaire Wade has a lot to live up to. Being a senior, Zaire will soon be moving on from Sierra Canyon and joining the collegiate ranks.
The younger Wade isn’t quite the phenom that his father was but regardless, the 6-foot-3 point guard still has multiple options for where he wants to continue his basketball career.
Wade is currently a three-star prospect according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the No. 197 player in the nation and the 33rd ranked point guard in the class of 2020.
Wade picked up his first Division I offer in August of 2018 from the University of Nebraska and has since received scholarships from Toledo, Rhode Island and DePaul. So, while he only holds one offer from a power 5 team, it’s only four games into Sierra Canyon’s season and he has the majority of the year to garner more college interest.
However, although official per game stats are not available for Sierra Canyon, Wade’s role on the team is relatively small with the point guard going scoreless in four minutes in the team’s most recent game and totaled six points in the team’s first game.
To Wade’s credit, Sierra Canyon is one of the top high school teams in the country with MaxPreps ranking the Trailblazers as the No. 3 high school team in the nation.
Additionally, Sierra Canyon’s roster is chock full of elite high school talent such as five-star prospect shooting guard B.J. Boston, five-star small forward Ziaire Williams and four-star power forward Terren Frank.
With that being said, lets take a look at the top collegiate options for Zaire Wade:
There’s something special about your first scholarship offer and the Cornhuskers were ahead of the curve. Nebraska currently has a bevy of upperclassman guard talent that would either be graduating next year or provide Wade with older mentors as he continues to improve.
If Wade were to become a Cornhusker, he’d have to compete with 6-foot-6 Western Kentucky transfer Dalano Banton who is sitting out 2019 due to NCAA transfer rules.
Additionally, Zaire could learn under former-NBA head coach Fred Hoiberg who coached Dwayne in Chicago and also has previous success at the collegiate level leading the Iowa State Cyclones to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2012-2015.
Lastly, Hoiberg’s system heavily favors guard play as the Cornhusker’s top four scorers for the season are all guards which would benefit a player like Wade.
With his father being arguably the best player in Miami Heat history, this one’s a no-brainer. Earlier this year, Dwyane Wade admitted that the Hurricanes were interested in his son. The University of Miami, like Nebraska, has a guard-heavy system with four of the team’s leading scorers being guards.
Three of those four guards are upperclassmen this year which could give Wade a chance at early play time. Head coach Jim Larranaga and the Hurricanes have been successful in recent years but are coming off a tough 2018-19 season and are looking to rebuild in one of the best conferences in the country.
Shane Larkin, Sheldon Mac, Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Bowen Jr. are all examples of recent Hurricane guards that have had NBA careers.
Like father, like son. Although he only spent two seasons there, Dwyane Wade had an incredible career at Marquette. And although they haven’t offered Zaire or shown any reported interest, it would be foolish to think that the team wouldn’t at least scout the son one of the programs best players of all time.
Current Marquette point guard, senior Markus Howard has averaged over 20 points since his sophomore year and is the program’s all-time leading scorer but he’ll be gone by the time Wade arrives.
Like Miami, Marquette plays in one of the basketball conferences (Big East) in the country and will give Wade solid competition to play against as well as media attention.