St. John native basketball player Dean Wade injured his ankle in December while taking a jump shot. His presence was missed by his Wildcat team, but he is now back in action, helping his team while getting back his groove.
Less than a month after going to the floor injured, St. John native Dean Wade was back on the floor with his K-State Wildcat teammates in Ames, Iowa leading the team in rebounds as the Cats beat the 20th ranked Iowa State Cyclones 58-57.
He was a starter in this game and played 22 minutes but was rusty as anyone would be coming back from any injury and scored just two points on 1-of-5 shooting. Wade didn’t take a 3-point shot in the game, but his presence on the floor was immeasurable.
Wade was injured December 15 when he missed a jumper with just less than 14 minutes left in the second half against Georgia State and fell to the floor in pain. Not only was the remainder of that game against Georgia State in question as the Wildcats went from 7 points ahead to 3 points behind in just four minutes, but the remainder of the 6-foot-10 forward’s senior season looked to be a serious question mark as did the hopes of the KSU basketball team. The injury looked that bad and he left Bramlage Coliseum that evening on crutches.
The injury according to Kansas State officials was a torn tendon in his right foot, and even walking was tough for him to do.
In spite of the loss of Wade, the Wildcats did win 3 straight games against lesser opponents but those games were closer than they should have been. Without Wade, the Cats lost Big 12 games to Texas and Texas Tech and if not for a school record in the comeback margin, it would have been three straight losses.
Having Wade back improves the outlook for the rest of the season.