September 21, 1990 |
Long Beach, California
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school||Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)|
|College||North Carolina (2009–2010)
|NBA draft||2014 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
David Earl Wear, Jr. (born September 21, 1990) is an American professional basketball player. He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and the UCLA Bruins. As a high school athlete, Wear was selected to participate in the 2009 McDonald's All-American Game and played on the 2008 silver medal winning USA Basketball U-18 team at the FIBA U-18 championship tournament where he ranked 29th overall in scoring, 19th in rebounding, 15th in free throw percentage, and 14th in blocked shots.
High school career
Wear attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California where he was a two-time California Interscholastic Federation State champion in 2007 and 2008. As a junior, he averaged 18.9 points and 10.0 rebounds per game. As a senior, he averaged 16.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Wear was selected as the 2009 county boy's basketball player of the year, a 2009 Parade All-American, a repeat first team all-county member, first team All-Division I-AA member, first team all-league member, second team all-state in 2009, and an all-state sophomore in 2007.
Wear and his twin brother, Travis, played for the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels in their freshman year. Wear contributed 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game while averaging over 10 minutes per game. The Tar Heels missed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament, which upset their fans. Brother Travis said being playing for North Carolina "wasn't what I thought it would be." The twin brothers transferred after the season in May 2010 to UCLA. They redshirted the following season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) transfer rules.
On January 26, 2014, Wear scored a career-high 18 points against California, eclipsing his previous high of 17 in 2011, also against Cal. UCLA won the Pacific-12 Conference championship in 2012–13. However, UCLA coach Ben Howland was fired after the season, prompting Wear and his brother to consider transferring. After meeting with incoming coach Steve Alford, the brothers were convinced they fit as starters in the new coach's system. At the team's annual banquet after the 2013–14 season, Wear was awarded the Irv Pohlmeyer Memorial Trophy, for being the team’s top defensive player. He graduated following the season.
In July 2008, Wear won a silver medal playing for the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Formosa, Argentina.
Wear is the son of David Sr. and Gloria Wear. His father played college basketball at Fresno State and Cal State Fullerton and professionally overseas.
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