Dean Wade will make his professional debut Monday.
A two-time All Big-12 first-team selection for Kansas State the past two seasons, Wade will take the floor for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ summer league team this week.
The Cavaliers will be part of the Salt Lake City Summer League, which runs from Monday to Wednesday at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Cleveland will play three games in that span, starting with a contest against the San Antonio Spurs at 6 p.m. CT Monday. That’s followed by a game against the Utah Jazz at 8 p.m. Tuesday and capped by a matchup versus the Memphis Grizzlies at 6 p.m. Wednesday. All games will air on NBA TV.
Wade, who will wear No. 37, will be joined on Cleveland’s 16-man summer league roster by recent Cavalier draft picks Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Dylan Windler (Belmont) and Kevin Porter, Jr. (USC).
He also will play with former Big 12 foes Naz Mitrou-Long (Iowa State) and fellow rookies 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).
First-year coach John Beilein will lead the team during its three-game set in Salt Lake City.
Wade signed a two-way contract with the Cavaliers after the NBA draft concluded last month after going undrafted. 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.
Wade finished his K-State career as one of just three players in program history — along with Bob Boozer and Rodney McGruder — to rank among the top 10 in both career scoring (1,510/10th) and rebounding (685/8th). He also 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 ended among the school’s all-time top 10 in other categories, too, including double-digit scoring games (81/7th), field goals made (548/8th) and starts (123/2nd).
Wade averaged 12 points on 49.8 percent shooting (548-of-1100) — 38.6 percent (128-of-332) from 3-point range — with 5.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals in 29.3 minutes per game in his 126 career appearances.
Wade and Jacob Pullen are the only Wildcats in the Big 12 era to earn first-team all-league honors in consecutive seasons.
Wade averaged 12.9 points and a team-best 6.2 rebounds per game last season. He led the Wildcats in field goal percentage, 3-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage (78.9).
Wade was part of a senior class with Barry Brown and Kamau Stokes that posted an 88-51 (.633) overall record during their time in Manhattan, advancing to three NCAA Tournaments and winning a share of the Big 12 regular-season title this past season.