ESPN ranks LSU's Will Wade worst basketball player among 2021 NCAA Tournament coaches
ESPN ranked the 68 head coaches in the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as basketball players.
The coach it ranked 68th is LSU head coach Will Wade.
Wade is one of two head coaches in the tournament field without varsity high school basketball experience, according to ESPN. The other coach is Scott Drew, head coach of No. 1 seeded-Baylor.
Here is what ESPN wrote about Wade:
Wade is the lone coach in this tournament who never played high school basketball — he played golf and was a four-year student manager at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville. Wade's entry into collegiate coaching would come at his alma mater of Clemson, where he was a student manager under Oliver Purnell before being hired as a graduate assistant for the Tigers.
No. 8 seed LSU opens the NCAA Tournament against No. 9 seed St. Bonaventure on Saturday, March 20.
St. Bonaventure is coached by Mark Schmidt, and ESPN ranked Schmidt the No. 28 basketball player among the head coaches. Schmidt played at Boston College from 1981-85, and he played in seven NCAA Tournament games.
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According to ESPN, 58 of the 68 head coaches played professional or college basketball at some level.
Erik Hall is the lead digital producer for sports with the USA Today Network. You can find him on Twitter @HallErik.