David Wear

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David Wear
David Wear.jpg
Wear in college with UCLA in 2012
No. 11 – Osaka Evessa
Position Forward
League B.League
Personal information
Born (1990-09-21) September 21, 1990 (age 27)
Long Beach, California
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California)
College North Carolina (2009–2010)
UCLA (2011–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Reno Bighorns
2015 Sacramento Kings
2015–2017 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2017 - present Osaka Evessa
Career highlights and awards

David Earl Wear, Jr. (born September 21, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who plays for Osaka Evessa in the B.League in Japan. He played college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels and the UCLA Bruins. He played briefly with the Sacramento Kings in the National Basketball Association (NBA) in 2015.

In high school, Wear won a silver medal for the United States national team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. He was named an All-American as a senior in 2009. He played in college for one season at North Carolina before transferring to UCLA. After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, he played most of 2014–15 in the NBA Development League (now known as the NBA G League), but also had a brief stint in the NBA with Sacramento. He then played two seasons in Spain with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada before joining Osaka.

High school career[edit]

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.[1] Wear was selected as the 2009 county boys' basketball player of the year, a 2009 fourth-team 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.[2][3]

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Wear was listed as the No. 16 power forward and the No. 59 player in the nation in 2009.[4]

College career[edit]

Wear and his twin brother, Travis, played for the defending national champion North Carolina Tar Heels in their freshman year.[5] Wear contributed 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds a game while averaging over 10 minutes per game.[6] The Tar Heels missed the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournament, which upset their fans. Brother Travis said playing for North Carolina "wasn't what I thought it would be."[5] The twin brothers transferred after the season in May 2010 to UCLA. They redshirted the following season due to NCAA transfer rules.[6]

UCLA won the Pac-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.[5] On January 26, 2014, Wear scored a career-high 18 points against California, eclipsing his previous high of 17 in 2011, also against Cal.[7] 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.[8]

Professional career[edit]

D-League and NBA (2014–2016)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Wear joined the Chicago Bulls for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[9] On September 25, 2014, he signed with the Sacramento Kings.[10] However, he was later waived by the Kings on October 19, 2014.[11] On November 2, 2014, he was acquired by the Reno Bighorns as an affiliate player.[12] Wear's shooting ability allowed him to thrive in Coach David Arseneault Jr.'s run-and-gun system,[13] and he was invited to participate in the Three-Point Contest during the 2015 D-League All-Star Weekend.[14]

On March 23, 2015, Wear signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings.[15] He was not retained by the Kings following the expiration of his 10-day contract on April 2. In July 2015, Wear joined the Detroit Pistons for the Orlando Summer League and the Sacramento Kings for the Las Vegas Summer League.[16]

Overseas (2016–present)[edit]

On August 10, 2015, Wear signed with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of Spain for the 2015–16 season.[16] On August 1, 2016, he re-signed with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada for the 2016–17 season.[17]

In 2017–18, Wear moved to Japan to play with Osaka Evessa in the B.League.[18]

National team career[edit]

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.[1]


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.[1] His twin brother, Travis, also became a pro basketball player.


  1. ^ a b c "#12 David Wear". uclabruins.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Wear - Mater Dei basketball - biography". OCVarsity.com. August 4, 2008. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ O'Shea, Michael (April 5, 2009). "High School Boys Basketball Team". Parade.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  4. ^ David Wear Recruiting Profile
  5. ^ a b c Foster, Chris (March 2, 2014). "UCLA's twin Wear brothers near the end of their identical act". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on September 10, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Markazi, Arash; Leung, Diamond (May 25, 2010). "Wear twins transferring to UCLA". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Wear's career-high leads UCLA past Cal 76-64". Yahoo.com. January 26, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "UCLA Looks Forward to Thursday Evening's NBA Draft". uclabruins.com. June 24, 2014. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ "BULLS ANNOUNCE 2014 NBA SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER". NBA.com. July 8, 2014. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kings Announce Training Camp Roster
  11. ^ Kings Waive Bhullar, Burton, Wear
  12. ^ BIGHORNS FINALIZE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AFTER D-LEAGUE DRAFT Archived November 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Carpenter, Les (February 20, 2015). "140 points a game – but are the Reno Bighorns a basketball experiment too far?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. 
  14. ^ Schlosser, Keith (February 18, 2015). "David Wear Discusses Playing In "The System" In Reno And Finding Early Success". SBNation.com. Archived from the original on March 12, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Kings Sign David Wear to a 10-Day Contract". NBA.com. March 23, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Fuenlabrada announces David Wear". Sportando.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Fuenlabrada re-signs David Wear". Sportando.com. August 1, 2016. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Osaka Evessa signs David Wear and Greg Smith". Sportando.com. August 8, 2017. Archived from the original on September 10, 2017. 

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