Brandon Wade is an elite student-athlete currently attending Ann Arbor Skyline in Ann Arbor, MI. The 6’1 combo-guard is one of the most underrated players in the entire country for the class of 2018. Playing for Michigan Gators on the AAU circuit, Brandon Wade will help his ball club win games tournament with his blend of shooting, craft, and ball handling. While Brandon is best known for getting buckets, he’s also an excellent student at Skyline High that holds down a 3.6 GPA.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Can you tell us a bit about how things went for your Skyline high school team and for you individually this season?
BW: Our Skyline team had a pretty solid season. We were a very young team starting 3 sophomores and 2 juniors, but we progressed throughout the year and we made some good runs. Individually, I felt I did a great job being the point guard of the team and finding my teammates and making the right play. I could’ve played a little better on reading the ball screens and making decisions off the ball screen, as well as finishing at the rim, but I’ll get better.
Not many have lit it up the way 2018 Brandon Wade did for Gators Elite. Finished with a 30 on 6-7 from deep! pic.twitter.com/RzkZu8d9ej
— Hoop Group (@TheHoopGroup) April 23, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
BW: My favorite subject is math. Although it can be difficult at times, I love working with numbers and when I am actually able to understand that subject, I feel really good.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
BW: I don’t have a specific one this early, but I would love to major in business.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
BW: I try to focus on my school work and spending time with my friends and family as much as possible. Having basketball take up a lot of my time, so I try and take advantage of any free time.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
BW: Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Akron
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered?
BW: Michigan, Oakland, Detroit, Syracuse, and Kent State
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
BW: Michigan, Oakland and Detroit
EM: Can you tell us a bit about your relationship with UM/Coach Beilein?
BW: My relationship with Coach Beilein is very strong. Living very close to the campus, it has made it easier to connect with the coaches and the players and it’s very cool.
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
BW: I have unofficials lined up for Akron, Toledo, and Eastern Michigan in the next month.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
BW: The academics as well as the relationship with the school and coaches play a huge part in the decision making process. I want wherever I go to have the campus life feel like home to me.
EM: Can we talk about AAU and your Michigan Gators club, how has the past month gone as a team and individually?
BW: We played in a lot of high level tournaments and got some wins over some really good teams. Individually, I’ve been shooting the ball and finishing at the rim at a high level. Ive been lacking on some of my free throws though, so I can definitely work on that.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
BW: Off the court I want to get my gpa from a high 3.6 to a steady 3.7. On the court, I want to become a better vocal leader as well as making my mid range and effective aspect. Also, I want to work on my vertical and leg strength so that I can finish at the rim at a high level.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
BW: You have to work in order to succeed. Nothing is ever going to be given to you, so if you are able to set goals for yourself and stick your mind to those goals, you will be able to achieve anything.
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