Nic Wise gaining popularity

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – He can't even drive a car, but he can run a team. Houston point guard Nic Wise is tearing up the Las Vegas Easter Classic, and schools are already taking notice. It is not inconceivable that the 15-year old Texan could commit to a college before he starts his 16th birthday.

He may be one of the top players in the tournament, but Wise is playing for the Houston Hoops' 15 & Under team. Even though he is good enough to play against older players, Wise has chosen to play with players his own age and is dominating the competition. His team won their bracket and is expected to make a run at the age group's title.

What is more interesting is that the 6-0 point guard from Cinco Ranch High School may be ready to commit soon. While it is not unusual nowadays for a high school freshman to commit to a college, it is rare to see two of the nation's top programs fight for his services.

According to a source close to Wise, the Wildcats are coming hard after Wise and would love to get a commitment. The same sources say that Texas is also very interested. A separate source said that Wise was close to giving a commitment to the Cats, but the increased attention from the Longhorns has made him take a step back. Indications are that the Wildcats are still the prohibited favorite.

Wise has been asked by Texas to take an unofficial visit next Thursday and all indications are that he will venture to Austin to give Rick Barnes' program a look.

Wise has already taken one unofficial visit. He was in the stands for Arizona's final home game against Oregon. He is a friend of Wildcat recruit Jawann McClellan, as well as Texas recruit Daniel Gibson. McClellan verballed last July, before his junior year, and was at the time the Wildcats' youngest recruit.

Cat Tracks will be speaking with Wise about his interest in Arizona and Texas later in the weekend.

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