Barbee's Tigers Get Commitment From Wade

Dion Wade

The Auburn Tigers have picked up a verbal commitment for the spring basketball signing period from Dion Wade.

Henderson, Nev.--Tony Barbee's Auburn Tigers picked up a verbal commitment on Friday from six-foot-seven guard Dion Wade, who took an official visit to Auburn last weekend.

Wade, who plays for powerhouse Findlay Prep, is from Antwerp, Belgium and chose the Tigers over offers from Southern Cal, Gonzaga, UTEP, San Diego State and others.

"It was a big decision, one of the biggest decisions of my life, and I decided to commit to Auburn," Wade said. "I have a good feeling about it.

"I like the family atmosphere there," he said. "The facilities and the campus are great. I like the way the program works. The basketball program is on the way up and I want to be a part of that. I like the coaching staff and I like the support for the athletes."

Wade made his official visit last weekend with his father, Butch Wade, who played professional basketball in Europe. His father is now coaching basketball at Riverview High in Sarasota, Fla.

The prospect said he feels good to have the decision behind him and the decision he made. "I think Auburn will help me grow as a basketball player and as a person off the court."

Wade noted that he isn't certain what he wants to major in as college student, but said that international business is one possibility.

Dion Wade

On the court he can play either guard or forward. Asked what he believes he will play for the Tigers, he said, "Of course, it all depends on Coach Barbee and the coaching staff. I?think my main position is going to be shooting guard, but I can play the two (shooting guard), three (small forward) and four (power forward).

"Wherever Coach Barbee needs me to play, I will try to adapt to that," said Wade, who notes that like many European players one of his strengths is his ability to shoot the three-pointer.

Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon said the Tigers are getting a promising player. "Dion is very athletic player, who is a high-motor guy who plays real hard.

"He is very good at making open shots and he has great height on his release," Simon pointed out. "He is a very good rebounder and he is not afraid to be physical.

"Dion is long and rangy and is a seven-foot wingspan type of kid. He has the potential, as he gets stronger, to be the type of guy who can really lock down a wing. On the offense he can create."

Wade is the seventh signee or commitment off the undefeated Findlay team, which is ranked No. 1 nationally. "They are all high Division I type guys," Simon said. "Dion will start tonight for us. He started some games earlier in the season and then he had an ankle injury. He has been working his way back into it.

"I don't know what his stats are now, but if he was on a regular type of high school basketball team he is the type of guy who would probably average about 25 points a game."

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