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Ex-UNLV basketball player sentenced for embezzlement

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Former UNLV point guard Mark Wade was sentenced to 150 days in jail for embezzling thousands of dollars from his former job as men’s assistant basketball coach at the University of California, Riverside.

A Riverside County Superior Court judge said Wednesday that Wade, 42, also will be placed on three years’ probation and must repay the money.

That amount he owes must be worked out. Deputy District Attorney Greg Albright said the figure is $15,000, while Wade’s attorney said it is close to $9,000.

Wade was charged in July with embezzling the money, some of which was supposed to cover team expenses during road games over the 2006 Christmas break. He was fired in January 2007.

At UNLV, Wade helped the Rebels reach the 1987 Final Four. He set an NCAA Tournament record with 18 assists against Indiana in the national semifinals. He later played 12 games in the NBA and was director of basketball operations at UNLV in 2000.

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