Injured Kansas State F Dean Wade plans to return vs. Kentucky

Kansas State’s leading scorer, Dean Wade, is almost certain he’ll be back on the floor in the Sweet 16 against Kentucky.

Wade told the Manhattan Mercury’s Ryan Black that he is “98 percent sure” he’ll play on Thursday after sitting out the last three games with a stress fracture in his foot.

“I’m excited,” Wade said Sunday. “It gives me another couple days to heal. I’m starting to feel a lot better. Day by day, it gets a lot better. It gives me a few more days to heal and recover.”

Wade suffered the fracture during Kansas State’s first game of the Big 12 Tournament against TCU on March 8. The Wildcats lost their next game against Kansas in the conference tournament, but they’ve won two straight against Creighton and UMBC to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

The junior is averaging 16.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season, shooting 55 percent from the field and 44 percent from 3-point range.

This story will be updated.

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