VIDEO: Chris Blair’s One On One Interview With Will Wade

This was done yesterday, either just before or more likely shortly after the press conference Wade conducted at the LSU Student Union. It’s something of a reiteration of what Wade said at the press conference, but it contains a few items of interest nonetheless.

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Among the highlights…

Wade was impressed with the commitment LSU showed to becoming a championship basketball program when Joe Alleva and Eddie Nunez came to see him in Richmond. It’s always been said that LSU simply doesn’t care about basketball. Perhaps that’s changing.

His coaching philosophy includes pieces he’s learned from a number of different coaches he’s worked with, and perhaps most interestingly he’s learned his recruiting system from Tommy Amaker and the community-relations piece from Shaka Smart. If he can approximate those at LSU he’ll do well.

Great quote – “We’re gonna be aggressive and we’re gonna be relentless on both ends of the court. That’s just– that’s my nature, that’s who I am, and our team is going to take on that personality. We’re going to be tough. We’re going to be a tough, tough out. You may beat us, but you’re going to work extremely hard to beat us, and you’re going to know you were in a fight.”

Wade identified Houston and Memphis as out-of-state talent hotbeds he wants to tap, but emphasized that he’s going to cover Louisiana heavily. He has a sizable appreciation for Louisiana talent, having recruited here in his previous head coaching stops at Chattanooga and VCU. Wade reiterated that the fast athletes he wants in order to play his up-tempo style and pressure defense are available in abundance in Louisiana.

The interview goes about nine minutes, and it gives interesting insight into the mind of the newest coach on campus at LSU.

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