Wade played in 35 games for Cardinals as frosh

Updated: May 17, 2005, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

RENO, Nev. -- Lorrenzo Wade, a freshman on Louisville's basketball team last season, has decided to transfer to the University of Washington, his former high school coach said.

Wade, a 6-foot-6 guard from Cheyenne High of North Las Vegas, also considered Nevada, New Mexico State and Oklahoma.

"I don't think it was an easy decision for him," said Larry Johnson, who coached Wade at Cheyenne.

"I think he picked Washington because of its style of play," he told the Reno Gazette-Journal on Monday. "Playing the Pac-10 is still playing at a high level. He likes the coach [Lorenzo Romar]."

Wade visited Nevada last month. He played in 35 games as a freshman last season for Louisville, which went 33-5 and reached the Final Four.

Wade averaged nearly four points and two rebounds a game for the Cardinals last season. He will have three seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2005-06 season.

Kenny Klein, Louisville's sports information director, said Tuesday he could not confirm Wade's decision. He said Wade didn't give a specific reason for his desire to leave.

"I think the indication was playing time, that he just wanted to play more," Klein said.

"We gave him his release, that's been a month or so ago, so it was his choice where he was attending," he said.

Johnson said one of the factors in Wade choosing Washington was his friendship with former Las Vegas summer team teammate Harvey Perry, who signed with the Huskies in the early period in November. Perry played at Foothill High and Cheyenne.

"I think the Pac-10 had a lot to do with it. You've got UCLA, Arizona. You've got good teams in the Pac-10," Johnson said. "Coach Romar had a lot to do with it.

"He doesn't over coach them. He lets them play. That style of play fits Lorrenzo."

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