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Zaire Wade Continues in his Father’s Footsteps

People say that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, which holds true in the talented Wade family.

Retired NBA star Dwyane Wade’s eldest Zaire Wade is in the beginning stages of following his father’s acclaimed footsteps. Recently, the 19-year-old signed a standard player contract with the Utah Jazz’s G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars. Last April, Dwyane Wade himself became a part-owner of the Jazz.

In a video Dwayne shared on social media, Zaire can be seen finishing signing his contract. Excited about what the future holds, he acclaimed “I feel good, I feel confident. I just signed the standard player contract for the G League. October 11, 2021. 19 years old. Yessir.”

Before deciding on the pro route, the 3-star recruit received college offers from schools such as Toledo, South Carolina, DePaul and Rhode Island.

The 6-foot-3 point guard previously played at high school powerhouse Sierra Canyon in California. Due to rumored disputes on playing time, he eventually transferred his junior season. Zaire then attended Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, where his senior season came to an end after tearing a ligament in his right ankle. Despite the lack of playing, however, Wade believed he improved mentally. 

“I think I’m smarter,” Wade told 247Sports. “My IQ was already high but I think that being injured and seeing what we needed from the sidelines helped me in general, seeing my teammates tendencies and shooting the ball. I couldn’t jump or move a lot but I was shooting during that time.”

Working with pro coaches and advanced facilities in the G League, Ziare will get the opportunity to take his game to the next level. He has a smooth lefty jump shot along with lots of upside. 247 Analyst Josh Gershon says Zaire is an “athletic combo guard with good size and length…[His] best attribute is his vision; sees floor at an elite level. While vision is tremendous, basketball IQ and ball skills will need to improve to be a full time point guard.”

Entering the next stage of becoming an NBA athlete, Zaire will continue to carry the family name in the future years.

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