B/R Looks Back at Dwyane Wade's Shining March Madness Moment with Marquette

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistMarch 23, 2017

Before joining the NBA in 2003, Dwyane Wade used March Madness to gain national fame.

In his second and final season in Marquette, the guard took the No. 3-seeded Golden Eagles to the Final Four. He made a name for himself by averaging 21.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game, highlighted by a 29-point, 11-rebound Elite Eight performance to defeat top-ranked Kentucky.

Although Marquette lost to Kansas in the national semifinal, Wade put the program on the map. Following stellar tournament play, the Miami Heat snagged him with the fifth pick of an NBA-altering 2003 draft.  

The rest is history for the three-time NBA champion, who should have a spot reserved in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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