Wise still thinking pass first

Arizona fans still don't quite know what to make of Nic Wise. One of the most common questions I get asked is about the 2006 point guard. Fans wonder just how committed he is to the Wildcats and how committed the team is to him.

Nic Wise is the youngest player to ever commit to Lute Olson. He pulled the trigger prior to his sophomore season in high school and now Wildcat fans are just playing the waiting game. Despite some talk of him looking elsewhere, Wise claims he is still intending on coming to Tucson.

"Right now I'm still firmly committed," Wise said. "I'm just trying to keep working hard to make sure I'm where I need to be when I get there."

His father mentioned several months ago that if Josh Pastner got the Houston job that his son would seriously consider pledging to the hometown Cougars. That of course never happened, but it did open the door for other schools to hold out hope that Wise may still be available. The Wildcats pursuit of point guards Mario Chalmers and Chris Douglas-Roberts further added fuel to the fire. Schools are still trying to woo the speedy point guard, but he personally isn't listening.

"They still send letters," he said of would-be suitors. "They talk to my dad, they don't talk me anymore. They're just kind of trying to stay cool with my dad in case things don't turn out right."

One thing about Wise in the summer circuit is that he does not score a lot. It is not as if he can't, he doesn't really try to. Whether it is with the Houston Hoops or at an all-star camp, Wise prefers to dish the rock and get others involved. There seems to be some method to this plan other than padding his assist numbers.

"I'm trying to get my teammates involved because some of these players don't have scholarships," Wise said. "I'm trying to get their names out there because my name is already out."

Wise has had the opportunity to play against and with a top Wildcat recruit and has come away very impressed with C.J. Miles. The wing plays for the Dallas based Team Texas and there is little love lost with Houston's Hoops.

"We've gone against each other three times," Wise said. "We've had some pretty heated battles. "

Despite the friendly rivalry, Wise respects what Miles can do. One has to wonder if Wise is trying to get Miles to join him in Tucson?

"I'm trying, it's hard, but hopefully we can get him there."

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