Oct. 29, 2009
ATLANTA--Arizona senior guard Nic Wise was named among 50 candidates for the Naismith Trophy today, awarded to the men's college basketball player of the year.
The Atlanta Tipoff Club named 19 seniors, 14 juniors, 12 sophomores and five freshman to the watch list. Wise was among four Pac-10 players, all guards, on the chart -- California seniors Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher, and Washington sophomore Isaiah Thomas.
Earlier this fall Wise was named to the watch list for the Wooden Award as well.
Wise, a 5-foot-10, 177-pound, senior guard from Houston, Texas, averaged 15.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game in 35 appearances last year. He shot 45.2 percent (177-of-392) from the field, including 41.5 percent (66-of-159) from behind the arc, to go with 84.8 percent (128-of-151) from the free throw line.
Wise ranked among the Pac-10 leaders in scoring, assists, steals (1.5 spg), free throw percentage, three-point field goals made (1.9 per game), three-point field goal percentage, assist:turnover ratio (1.6:1) and minutes played (36.4). Wise finished in double figures 27 times last year, including nine 20-point games.
Wise was a second-team all-Pac-10 selection last season and was the Pac-10 Player of the Week on Feb.16.
He posted season bests in nearly every statistical category as a junior, including field goals, field goal attempts, field goal percentage, free throws, free throw attempts, free throw percentage, rebounds (88), rebound average, assists (160), points scored (548) and scoring average. His 1,273 minutes played in 2008-09 are the third-most in school history for a single season.