Wade was initially mentioned in the first round of FBI wiretaps back in 2017, but it appears now that Wade has indeed been identified as the coach in in the wiretapped phone call.
Will Wade was supposedly frustrated that a third party involved in the recruitment had yet to accept the offer that Wade had put out and also had a theory that specific party a big enough offer for them to accept, thus delaying the verbal commitment to LSU and coach Wade.
The player rumored to be in question is LSU freshman guard Javonte Smart, who was a top-50 recruit last season and is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
In the first round of wiretaps, Christian Dawkins had been reported to have made three separate phone calls to a number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade.
“at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to LSU coach Will Wade, each of which occurred between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.”
“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment. “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.Interestingly enough, Javonte Smart committed to LSU on June 30th of 2017.
This comes just a few weeks after Wade and Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller were subpoenaed to appear to testify for the defense at the second college basketball corruption trial. Since Wade has just been nabbed on wiretap, Sean Miller might be in trouble as well, after escaping the Deandre Ayton situation around this time last year.
With LSU in the top-10 and sitting at a 25-5 record this season, Will Wade’s job could be on the line after he appears in court for the second trial.
Do you have your popcorn handy?