Destiny Wade is an example of what hard work and dedication can accomplish.
Wade, a 6-2 post player for the Lady Cats, has overcome obstacles in her career with an easy smile.
Now she is reaping the rewards of her time spent drilling in the gym. Wade inked a national letter of intent to continue her basketball career at Angelo State University in San Angelo.
Wade chose the Division II Lone Star Conference school from a short list of other schools in Texas and one in Kansas.
When asked about her choice of colleges, she had a quick answer.
“It was like Angelo State found me,” Wade said. She explained that family friends near San Angelo asked her about attending the school. One thing led to another, now Wade will be suiting up for the college.
“The coach at Angelo State (Cayla Petree) reminds me of coach Chapman (Jeff Chapman) Sulphur Springs head girls basketball coach. “It’s tough, but there’s hugs too. It was tough playing for Chapman because he was a post player. But I took all his time getting onto me as a compliment. He wanted me to get better.”
Wade visited Angelo State, not once, but twice to make sure the school was best for her.
“It’s a family feeling I get with the players and coaches,” Wade said.
Wade said she knows that while she might be all-district in high school Class 4A basketball, college ball is a different level.
Wade averaging 12.8 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Lady Cats during their regional semifinal run this season. The team ended the year 25-6.
“I need to work on my outside shots and ball-handling in college,” Wade said.
Chapman is happy and sad to see Wade head off to college. He’s proud of her accomplishments, but does not have a replacement for Wade.
“A post player is the anchor you build the team around. We don’t have anybody ready to replace her. She’s been a four-year player,” Chapman said.
“She’s grown as a person and her skills on the court,” Chapman said. “She is also a team leader. I watch her with the younger players not only in basketball, but volleyball too. She wants to help them. It’s her work ethic.”
Chapman said he hopes that Wade is just the first of many players who leave the Lady Cats basketball program and get to play in college.
Her parents, Cordell and Jacqueline Jackson are also proud of their daughter and the hard work she has put in.
“Playing basketball in college has been her dream for a long time,” Cordell Jackson said. “I helped her as much as I can. She started out in Little Dribblers and then started playing AAU ball in the sixth grade. I coached her until high school and then coach Chapman took over.”
“I’m excited for Destiny, I wish her the moon and beyond,” said Jacqueline Jackson. “She’s worked hard and I have taught her, if she keeps doing that the sky is the limit. As long as she keeps a good attitude, she will go far.”
Wade added, “This last year in basketball was my favorite. It was one of my best. It’s been a fun ride. ”
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