Cushing Academy was once led by quite the dynamic backcourt a few years ago with now current Syracuse sophomore Kaleb Joseph and UConn freshman Jaylen Adams. This current season, the backcourt is very similar with star power and elite quickness in junior guards Makai Ashton-Langford and Wabissa Bede. While the former has received most of the pub thus far, Bede brings his own punch to the hardwood with his change of speeds, toughness, and two-way production.
Standing close to 6-foot-2 but with the perfect college body to play the lead guard spot, or slide over and play off the ball, Bede displayed tons of worth for the higher levels this past weekend in Providence. A native of Lowell, Massachusetts, the junior is always in attack mode and doesn’t mind physical play close to the bucket on impressive finishes against taller defenders. However, the Cushing product displayed a much more consistent jumper during his two outings at Rhode Island College as he hit on a number of outside shots and pull-ups, even with a contested hand in his face.
Planning on running with Ashton-Langford again this spring and summer with the MASS Rivals crew, Bede is beginning to see his stock pick up. Creighton, Pitt, Virginia, Villanova, and DePaul have all recently inquired about him, though he does carry a few offers in hand. “Temple, Providence, Boston College, Rhode Island, UMass, LaSalle, New Hampshire, Bryant, UT-Chattanooga, and ECU have all offered me,” the aggressive junior stated.
Temple was his most recent offer, one that came a few weeks back where the New England native has already visited the AAC program, a trip that occurred last summer.
Noting that UMass, LaSalle, Temple, and Providence are making him a priority thus far, there are a few things that Bede is looking for in a college. “Mainly a good education and my style of play,” he said. “I like to play fast, in a pick and roll set, shoot a lot of 3s, and an isolation type.”
Remaining focused on the rest of his junior high school season is the primary objective at hand but it would seem that with continued nurturing on the playing floor, many more in and out of the region will come calling for the quality combo guard-type out of the Cushing Academy program.