Trey Wade has been sitting on the UTEP men's basketball bench since last season. However, the 6-5 wing from Marietta, Georgia had to get his academics in order before he could join the Miners roster for the 2017-18 season. He said earlier this week that he made the most of his opportunity.

Wade was a highly regarded player out of high school and head coach Tim Floyd believes that the shooting guard can be a future star at the Division 1 level.

"Trey has a chance to be as good as any player we’ve brought here the last six years," Floyd said in UTEP's official release last November. "He can play multiple positions on the floor. He is a terrific athlete who also offensive rebounds the ball. He played in the most competitive district in the south where 11 seniors signed with high-major programs, including North Carolina. The coaches in his league all felt he was one of the great talents in that conference. Sitting out this year will serve him well. He played on the same AAU team as [former Miner] Lee Moore and his AAU coach feels he has the opportunity to play beyond the college level one day."

Wade believes that improved ball handling skills will help his game at the Division 1 college level. He also rooms with Kelvin Jones who helped him adjust to UTEP last season when he sat out. I am looking forward to seeing what Wade can do as a Miner.