OGDEN — Davis sophomore Jesse Wade has anxiously awaited his chance to play in the state tournament for a long time and got his first taste in a 56-43 win over Kearns. Since he was young he would attend the event — dreaming of one day taking the floor himself.
His effort for the first part of the game likely wasn’t exactly what he had envisioned growing up as he struggled to find his groove early before settling in.
“My whole life me and my dad would come to these (tournaments) and sit there and watch them all day,” Wade said. “I got off to a slow start I think because it was the first game and I was really nervous, but the team played great and really picked me up.”
Wade finished the game with just eight points after leading Davis in scoring with a 14.9 point average during the regular season. With that first game behind him, however, he should see marked improvement in tournament games going forward.
“Jesse has been our leading scorer and he said to me (after the game) that he got his sophomore jitters out of the way,” said Davis coach Jay Welk. “I told him that teams will now try and take him away, but he’s a good player and it’s a process and I think he’s responded extremely well. Teams know about him now and they’re doing a lot to take him away.”
Wade will have his work cut out for him in the second round against Lone Peak and its stellar back-court. Both Nick Emery and TJ Haws have lit up teams all year, but the Davis sophomore is anxious to test himself against the very best the state has to offer.
“I’m so excited — I’m so pumped and I can’t wait until Wednesday,” Wade said.