Many Gonzaga fans think that Gonzaga got its point guard of the future in Josh Perkins. Today, news broke that Jesse Wade, a point guard for Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, made a pledge to the Zags, making him the point guard of the distant future for Gonzaga.
2015 PG Jesse Wade has committed to Gonzaga. Great get for the Zags! Congrats Jesse! @jessewade10
— Utah Prospects (@UtahProspects) October 4, 2013
I am blessed and excited to say I have committed to play basketball for Gonzaga University!! #GoZags
— Jesse Wade (@jessewade10) October 4, 2013
Wade is a part of the 2015 class, but will take an LDS mission right after high school, meaning that he will not join the team until the 2017-2018 season. By the time the 2017-2018 season rolls around, Josh Perkins will either be a senior, or in the NBA. By the looks of it, Wade will come in and take the point guard duties either immediately, as a sophomore, or as a redshirt freshman. Obviously it is too early to speculate these types of things, but there is that potential.
The 6-0, 170 lb Wade is listed on ESPN and Scout as a three-star prospect, and Scout has him as the 22nd ranked point guard in the nation. According to Verbal Commits, Wade had offers from UC Riverside, San Francisco, Utah State, and was garnering interest from San Jose State.
Wade is the type of point guard that will absolutely punish you from the three-point arc. He has a lightning quick release and a smooth stroke to boot. He can drive in the lane and finish at the rim if the opportunity presents itself. He can make the occasionally flashy pass as well. He currently is a solid defender, but increasing strength and agility will do wonders for Wade down the road, especially at the college level. His play is similar to former Gonzaga point guard Derek Ravio.