WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita State University (WSU) hasn’t had a football team since 1986, but a former Shocker is trying to make his way into the NFL after his basketball days ended.
Trey Wade was a forward for the WSU Shockers from 2019-2021. He transferred to Arkansas for his graduate season, where he was a key part for the Razorbacks in their Elite Eight run at the NCAA Tournament this season.
After Wade ended his career with Arkansas, in a loss to Duke in the Elite Eight, he told a radio station in Fayetteville, Arkansas that while he never thought about the prospects of playing in football, the Atlanta Falcons had called and asked for a try.
“Honestly, I got a phone call from the Falcons, and I took the opportunity to try,” Wade told Tye Richardson of The Morning Rush. “It wasn’t really on my mind, I’m still chasing basketball so I just took the opportunity that was given to me.
“I thought it would be a pretty cool experience,” Wade said.
Although Wade didn’t play football in high school or college, he said the Falcons told him the things he did on the field could translate to the field. So far, it looks like he would line up like a tight end on the football field, a comparison to his size on the basketball court.
As a Shocker, Wade averaged 6.8 points, along with a team-high 5.5 rebounds per game, helping the team qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
Wade’s former head coach, Eric Musselman said in a tweet today that Wade has been invited to an NFL mini-camp that will take place in May.
While Wade is unlikely to find his name called in the NFL Draft, if he does well in minicamp, he could end up on an NFL roster.
The NFL Draft is set to take place on Thursday, April 28.