Getting to know Wade Baldwin IV

July 21, 2014

Freshman Wade Baldwin IV arrived on campus in June after a stellar senior season in which he led; his St. Joseph's team to a 30-2 overall record and the Non-Public A New Jersey State Championship after averaging 15 points, 7.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.6 steals.  He also compiled a record of 57-7 in his junior and senior seasons, and departed St. Joseph's with 1,727 career points and 104 three-point baskets.

Baldwin recently sat down with to answer some questions about himself and some of the things he likes to do off of the court.  

Favorite NBA team:  Miami Heat.
The one NBA player you wished was your teammate:  Russell Westbrook.
Age I picked up a basketball:  6.
I picked my jersey number because:  I'm the fourth Wade of my family.
When I was a kid I tried to be like:  Allen Iverson.
A few words that describe the way I play basketball:  Athleticism, Strength, and Unselfish.
What I need to improve on to be a better player:  Mentally get stronger and understand the game.
The thing that impresses me most about Coach Stallings:  His positive attitude.
Favorite part about playing at Memorial Gym: Haven't played there yet.
Favorite sport other than basketball:  Football.
Favorite musical performer:  Meek Mill.
Favorite movie:  Bad Boys II.
Nobody can believe I watch this TV show:  Awkward.
Favorite Internet Site:
Favorite midnight snack: Sunflower seeds.
Favorite thing about myself:  My competitive nature.
Worst habit: Talking out of turn.
Dream Date: Jessica Alba.
My basketball “dream team” would be:  Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul Jabbar.
The best tasting food I can make:  Peanut Butter and Jelly.
My bucket list includes:  Skydiving.
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport:  Floyd "Money" Mayweather.
Talent I’d most like to have:  Boxing.
Favorite thing to do away from basketball:  Play video games.
I’m as good as anyone at:  2K Basketball games.
One thing my hometown is famous for:  Nothing.
My best non-athletic talent:  Being a speaker.
Favorite aspect of Nashville:  The different variety of things.
Total number of songs on my IPOD or MP3 player:  1170.
Superstitions:  None.
The person I’d love to trade places with for a day:  Floyd Mayweather.
What I would do if I won the lottery:  Save all of it until I got out of college.
Ultimate vacation destination:  Fiji.
The person I admire most:  Floyd Mayweather.
Career goal (outside of basketball):  Athletic Director.
The best advice I’ve received:  "Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your own two ears."
The most famous person(s) I’ve met:  Chris Bosh.
Biggest influence in my life:  Watching those who made it.
Most important thing I’ve learned since coming to Vanderbilt:  Managing Time.
My advice to young people is:  Keep your head up and keep working because things can always get better.
I chose to attend Vanderbilt over these schools:  UConn, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Pittsburgh, Minnesota.
Other interesting facts about yourself:  Basic guy, just trying to be remembered in this world.
Who do you follow on Twitter?  Friends and athletes.



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