Mark Wade

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Mark Wade
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Mark Wade
Position: Guard
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 160
Nationality: American
Born: 10/15/65
Birthplace: Torrance, CA
Draft: undrafted
Drafted By: undrafted
College: University of Nevada-Las Vegas
NBA Career: 1995-Present
Mavs Tenure: 2004-2006

Mark Wade (born October 15, 1965 in Torrance, California) was signed by the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent on April 9, 1990.

Wade began his college career at the University of Oklahoma but, for the most part, rode the bench his freshman year. He played his sophomore season a tiny El Camino College before transferring to UNLV.

With the Rebels, Wade was known as an assist machine. With big men like Armon Gilliam and shooters like Gerald Paddio, Wade made his mark feeding the scorers. He's still fourth in Rebels history in career assists with 689 over just two seasons. He still holds the single season, assist-per-game record averaging 9.1.

In his senior season Wade set an NCAA record for assists in a season with 406 in 38 games. He helped lead the Rebels to a 37-2 record and a Final Four appearance. He still holds the NCAA tournament record with 18 assists against Bobby Knight's Indiana Hoosiers in 1987.

Going undrafted in the NBA draft, the 5'11 guard played with Pensacola of the CBA and Las Vegas of the WBL before catching on with the Golden State for eleven games in 1988. With the Warriors, he averaged 0.7 points per game and 3.1 apg in just under 11 minutes per contest.

His only other taste of the NBA was with the Mavericks when he appeared in one game in April of 1990. His one game yielded a line of 3 minutes, 2 assists but no points. He had signed a 10-day contract on April 9 but was released on April 17.

That one appearance puts Wade in a select group which includes, Monti Davis, Chucky Brown, Adrian Caldwell, Randell Jackson, Rodrick Rhodes and Joao Vianna, as players whose Dallas Mavericks career encompassed only a single game.

Over the next five years Wade played in the CBA with Pensacola, Omaha, Columbus, Wichita Falls, Sioux Falls and LaCrosse. He also had a stint in the World Basketball League as a player/assistant coach with the Las Vegas Silver Bandits.

Wade entered coaching full time as an assistant at Long Island University - Southampton and later at Florida Atlantic University. He was hired by St. Bonaventure in 2002 and went to the University of California - Riverside in 2005.

The University released Wade on January 5, 2007 and he was arrested and charged with embezzlement in an athletic department scandal. According to the Press-Enterprise newspaper in Riverside, he pled guilty in March of 2008.