Sixteen-year-old Zaire Wade is a promising high school basketball player who is enjoying his first year on the Nike EYBL, with colleges like Michigan State, Florida State and Toledo keeping a close eye on this rising star basketball player. As if his God-given skill wasn’t enough, this 6-foot-2, point guard has sports royalty flowing through his veins. As the son of NBA star Dwayne Wade and stepmom Gabrielle Union, Zaire definitely has to make the grade on the court.
“I always want them there,” Zaire said, of his parents in an interview with USA Today High School Sports. “I just had to find out how to block out everything else and play. People think it’s easier on me because of who my dad is, but it’s way harder. Everybody wants to meet them when they come. That’s more pressure on me.”
Zaire averages 5.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.8 assists a game for E1T1, benefiting from his father’s first-hand help on the court; however, having Dwyane Wade as a dad can be both a blessing and a curse for the young man.
“I can’t just be good, I have to be great,” Zaire said. “I have to work so much harder than other players. When I was younger that used to bother me, and I would try to play like my dad. He would always just tell me to play my game because we’re different players. Ever since I realized that, it’s been a lot easier. My dad would love to play with a point guard like me. I know how to get him the ball. He taught me everything I know.”
This is definitely one rising star to keep an eye on. We predict we will see him in the NBA possibly sooner than later. Check out the video of Zaire on the court and let us know what you think.