Will Wade hasn’t yet coached a basketball game as LSU’s men’s basketball coach.
But it doesn’t much matter at this point.
The dude is already a grand-slam home-run hire.
Wade is absolutely killing it on the recruiting trail, producing one sonic boom after another – paving a very clear path for fans which shows how LSU will get out of its current rut on the hardwood.
In four months on the job, Will Wade has done the following:
•Secured a commitment from Tremont Waters, a 4-star guard from Connecticut – one of the top players in the country for the Class of 2017.
•Scored late-class commitments – one from three-star forward Mayan Kiir and the other from JUCO guard Daryl Edwards.
•Landed a verbal commitment from 5-star All-American Javonte Smart – the biggest single commitment LSU basketball has had since Ben Simmons.
•Placed LSU in the lead for Class of 2018 5-star post Nazreon Reid – a consensus All-American. Unlike Smart, who is from Louisiana, Reid is from the Northeast, which shows Wade’s ability to recruit across the country.
•Gotten LSU back in the hunt for 5-star center Mitchell Robinson, who signed with Western Kentucky in the Class of 2017, but has since been released from the program. Robinson is being re-recruited and many analysts say LSU is in the lead.
•Secured a commitment from graduate transfer Randy Onwuasor, a guy who averaged 23 points per game last season and who will be an instant impact performer in Baton Rouge next season.
And that’s just in four months.
The work that Wade has done on the recruiting trail is borderline unbelievable and is proof that the LSU brand sells itself if someone uses the correct pitch.
Wade is doing exactly that, routinely positioning LSU on the forefront for some of the best players in America.
He hasn’t coached a game yet.
He won’t do so for another two-plus months.
But I’m already sold.
We give Joe Alleva a hard time in this blog, but it’s time to give him some love.
Getting Wade was a home run.
Now, let’s support and invest in the program so that he will stay