From K-State Athletics
Former Kansas State forward Dean Wade will begin his professional career on Monday night, as the two-time All-Big 12 First Team selection will open play with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league team at the Salt Lake City Summer League, which runs from Monday to Wednesday (July 1-3) at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cleveland will play three games during the four-team showcase, beginning with the San Antonio Spurs at 6 p.m., CT on Monday, followed by the Utah Jazz at 8 p.m., CT on Tuesday and the Memphis Grizzlies at 6 p.m., CT on Wednesday. All games will air on NBA TV.
Wade, who wear No. 37, will be joined on the 16-man summer league roster by recent Cavalier draft picks Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Dylan Windler (Belmont) and Kevin Porter, Jr. (USC). He will also play alongside familiar foes in third-year pro Naz Mitrou-Long, formerly of Iowa State, and fellow rookies and Big 12 competitors Malik Newman (Kansas) and Dylan Osetkowski (Texas). Other rookies on the squad include Marques Bolden (Duke), Phil Booth (Villanova), Sandy Cohen III (Green Bay), Jalen Hudson (Florida) and Anthony Lawrence II (Miami).
New coach John Beilein will guide the team during its three-game schedule in the Salt Lake City Summer League.
Wade recently signed a two-way contract with the Cavaliers, in which, he will spend time with the NBA club as well as their G-League affiliate, the Canton (Ohio) Charge, during the upcoming 2019-20 season.
One of the more versatile players in school history, Wade is one of just three Wildcats (Bob Boozer and Rodney McGruder) to rank in the Top 10 in both career scoring (1,510/10th) and rebounding (685/8th), while he is the only player in school history with at least 1,000 points, 100 3-point field goals, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals. He finished among the career Top 10 in several categories, including scoring, rebounding, double-digit scoring games (81/7th), field goals made (548/8th) and starts (123/2nd).