A talented post player who looks to expand his 10-minute per game playing average from 2007-08 for his final collegiate season . . . Is a self-described face-up post player who can use his quickness to create space and is often difficult to defend.
Saw action in 31 of team's 33 games his first season at Missouri State, averaging 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds per game . . . Scored 8 points in overtime loss at Wichita State (1/29/08) with a career-high 24 minutes of action, 4-for-7 shooting effort, and a pair of blocked shots . . . Established his career high vs. Alabama in Las Vegas on 12/22/07 with eight points on 3-of-6 shooting . . . Grabbed a season-best four rebounds at Evansville (1/26/08) . . . Blocked three shots vs. Indiana State (1/15/08) . . . Posted seven points apiece in home wins over Evansville (2/16/08) and Illinois State (2/2/08) to go with a six-point outburst against St. Louis (11/21/07) . . . Finished third on the team in blocked shots (8).
Played two seasons at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College . . . Helped team win two straight Jayhawk West Conference championship teams at Dodge City for coach Brian Hoberecht . . . The Conquistadors posted a 26-6 record and 12-4 conference log in 2006-07 . . . Knapp averaged 11.9 points and 5.0 rebounds as a sophomore, hitting .572 from the field and .648 from the free throw line . . . Team was 23-10 in 2005-06 with an 11-5 league mark.
Attended Trego Community High in Wakeeney, Kan. . . His senior season, he averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks a game to take his team to a 22-1 record and a league title, earning all-conference, all-area and first-team all-state honors . . . Averaged 19 points and 10 rebounds a game as a junior as Trego was 19-4 . . . Earned all-conference and all-area honors as well as second team all-state laurels . . . Was a varsity starter as a sophomore, earning second-team all-conference distinction.
Wade Allan Knapp was born Aug. 1, 1986, in Hays, Kan. . . He is the son of Larry and Mary Jane Knapp of Wakeeney, Kan. . . . Has a brother, Craig, and sister, Dana . . . Wade is majoring in Recreation and Leisure Studies at Missouri State with aspirations of someday becoming a college coach.
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His most-memorable game at Missouri State was the team's comeback win at Winthrop (11/25/07), in which he played six minutes . . . He is the first male athlete from his high school to play Division I athletics . . . Chose Missouri State over Auburn, Wichita State, Bradley and Nevada-Reno . . . Loves the TV show "Home Improvement" and the movie "He Got Game" . . . Favorite NBA player is Kevin Garnett . . . Favorite food combo is fried chicken and cornbread . . . When he's not playing basketball, he loves to play PS3 and putt-putt.