Barry Brown and Dean Wade now have their chances to make NBA rosters.
The duo that was an integral part in Kansas State’s Big 12 regular-season title last season both signed contracts as undrafted free agents Thursday night after the NBA draft concluded.
Brown is headed to Minnesota to try to stick with the Timberwolves while Wade joins a young Cavaliers roster in Cleveland. Brown’s contract involves him playing for Minnesota’s team in the Summer League, which starts July 5. Wade inked a two-way deal with Cleveland, giving him the flexibility to play for both the Cavaliers and their G League affiliate — the Canton Charge, located in Canton, Ohio — next season.
Brown and Wade left K-State as two of the best players in school history.
Brown finished as the school’s all-time leader in games played (139) and steals (254) and No. 5 on the all-time scoring list with 1,781 points, while Wade became one of just three Wildcats (along with Bob Boozer and Rodney McGruder) to ranked among the program’s top 10 in both scoring (1,510/10th) and rebounding (685/eighth).
Last season, Brown topped the Wildcats in nearly every statistical category, including scoring (14.6 points per game), double-digit scoring games (28), 20-point games (seven), field goals made (184) and attempted (425), free throws made (88) and attempted (124) and steals (65). He also won the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year award as well as earning a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 first team.
Wade, despite battling injuries in 2018-19, also was a first-team All-Big 12 performer for the second time in as many seasons.
K-State excelled with Wade on the floor, posting a 20-5 records in games in which he played, including a 13-2 mark in conference contests. He averaged 12.9 points on 49.2 percent (122-of-248) shooting, including 41.8 percent (23-of-55) from 3-point range, and 78.9 percent (56-of-71) from the free throw line to go with a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game. He ranked second in scoring, double-digit scoring games (19) and 20-point games (four).