Former Gonzaga guard Jesse Wade announced Thursday he’s transferring to BYU.
Wade, who saw limited minutes in his only season at Gonzaga, also considered Utah State and Weber State, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
Wade will sit out next season under NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility remaining.
The 6-foot-1 guard, who battled shoulder issues early on, wasn’t able to find a spot in the rotation. Wade played 103 minutes in 20 games, scoring a season-high nine points against Howard. He didn’t see court time in 10 of GU’s final 15 games.
Wade announced his decision via Twitter: “From Kaysville to France to Spokane, I’m extremely grateful for the places that my life has taken me and the people that I have met. With that being said, I’m excited to say that I have decided to come home and further my basketball career and education at BYU!”
BYU’s backcourt this season includes juniors TJ Haws, Jahshire Hardnett and Nick Emery. Emery will sit out the first nine games for allegedly accepting extra benefits from a BYU booster, according to an NCAA ruling.
Wade is believed to be the first former Zag to transfer directly to another West Coast Conference school in Gonzaga’s 40 years in the conference. Chris Sarbaugh, a GU walk-on, transferred to North Idaho College and then San Diego before finishing at Idaho.
Gonzaga didn’t put any restrictions on Wade’s release. The WCC rescinded a rule that used to required players to sit two years if they transferred within the conference.
Wade originally picked Gonzaga over Utah State, San Francisco and UC Riverside. GU announced Wade’s departure in early June.
Wade’s younger sister, Olivia, is an incoming freshman on BYU’s soccer team.
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