It’s never a bad thing to have an NBA legend such as Dwyane Wade in your corner, and Georgia will get to experience that first-hand.
Wade, who played for new Georgia coach Tom Crean at Marquette in the early 2000s, tweeted a show of support for the new hire on Saturday.
I’m so happy for my Coach, Mentor,Father Figure and Friend @TomCrean on his new position with @UGABasketball ….The Wade’s are now proud supporters of the Bulldogs!!! Knowing what i know the community of Georgia better strap in because it’s gonna be a helluva ride!
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) March 17, 2018
Crean recruited and helped develop Wade into one of the best shooting guards in NBA history and a three-time NBA champion. He had a good college career, too, averaging better than 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Golden Eagles during his final season.
Crean also sent a bit of praise back toward Wade on Saturday:
I’ll recruit and hold people accountable to the standards you helped me develop and continue to live out everyday!! You are what humility, confidence, compassion and competitiveness look like !!! https://t.co/nVWlUl0CoX
— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) March 17, 2018
Georgia and Crean are in the honeymoon phase, but so far, so good.
At his introductory press conference, Crean shed some light on what kind of team he hopes to run in Athens.
“We’re going to shoot the 3,” he said. “We’re not going to lead the country in attempts. But I certainly hope we can lead the country in percentage.
“There is no question that there is talent, and there is versatility and there’s a lot of youth inside of this program,” Crean said. “They defend, and they know how to run offense, they move the ball. I mean they’ve been well-coached. C’mon, I could go down the line, there’s no doubt about that.”