— jason wade (@Lil_J_Wade03) October 11, 2017
Jason Wade grew up in Hanover County with a basketball family and began make some noise.
But it wasn’t until he got to Trinity Episcopal High School in Richmond where he really pumped up the volume.
On Wednesday, at 6 p.m., all the hard work has paid off as Wade his verbal commitment to play basketball at Old Dominion on both his Twitter account Lil_J_Wade03 and a Ballislife.com video that featured his family decked out in ODU gear.
“Basketball has been a big part of my life,” Wade explained. “And it has taken me so many places in life and I can’t wait to see where it takes me in the future. I can only pick one school and that school is ODU.”
Interestingly, Wade chose the school at his father excelled at upon his graduation from Marshall-Walker.
“I’m just so proud of Jason,” Trinity catch Rick Hamlin said. “He is an awesome kid. I can’t wait to watch him at ODU. But first we’ve got a high school season around the corner.”
The 6-4 senior had a list of 15 NCAA Division 1 schools who had made offers before the summer. They were:
- La Salle
- High Point
- East Carolina
- College of Charleston
- James Madison
- Old Dominion
Wade then made some unofficial visits to Providence, Richmond and the University of Virginia but this past week, after much thought and investigation, he narrowed his list down to his Final Four — ODU, Florida Gulf Coast, College of Charleston and VCU — before making his decision.
A reigning VISAA State Champion, Wade was an integral part of Trinity’s success last season. The season ended with the Titans ranked No. 13 nationally, per Max Preps. The multi-faceted player formed a potent ‘Big Three’ with Zach Jacobs, a James Madison signee who won All-Metro Player of the Year, and a top 2019 talent in 6-9 Armando Bacot, who has over 15 offers, including one from Kansas.
Wade himself, had a season full of accomplishments. He averaged a well-rounded 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and four steals a game. He was first team All-State, the Most Valuable Player of the Travis Invitational, All-Tournament at the Sleepy Thompson tournament, Times-Dispatch and Henrico tournaments.
“Jason is as good a two-way player as anyone in the state,” said Trinity Episcopal coach Rick Hamlin. “He guarded our opponents’ top perimeter threat and made our offensive click.
“He was unselfish, clutch and has an incredible feel for the game.”