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It doesn’t seem long ago that Nic Wise was leading Arizona to dramatic wins as the team’s star point guard. Since then, he has been tearing it up in Europe and most recently helping Solomon Hill improve his game so he can be one of the most dominant players in college basketball next season.
In an exclusive interview with PGU, Wise offered updates on his future both on and off the court, while also providing insight of Hill’s progression.
The Houston native is currently working out in his hometown and preparing for another season overseas.
“I recently got an offer from a French team,” said Wise, who also has a Russian team after him.
An injury has slowed Wise down a bit but a small surgery should help him get to where he wants to be.
“They know that my knee has been bothering me a little bit this year,” said Wise. “But I got a procedure done and I should be able to go hard next summer.”
For now Wise and Hill have been working hard daily with John Lucas. Wise has seen first hand how much the soon-to-be Arizona senior has progressed.
“Solomon is looking better,” Wise said. “He is playing against good competition in JR Smith and Gerald Green.”
“His confidence has improved and he works harder than a lot of other guys,” Wise continued. “He is working out, not messing around, lifting weights, and getting stronger.”
That should be music to Cats fans’ ears. If Hill can develop top tier strength and put more consistency into his jumper, he may be one of the most dominant small forwards in college basketball next season. Getting to face NBA players is obviously a huge advantage.
When asked what happens after work outs Wise answered, “We just come home and rest or watch the Finals.”
Clearly the two are only focused on improving their skills and with the instruction of Lucas, they are getting better daily.
With that said, Wise is also setting himself up for success after basketball.
“I’ve been working on the real estate company with my dad,” said Wise. “It’s called Greg Wise Realty and the website is www.gregwiserealty.com.”
It focuses on serving professional athletes and entertainers. Former Wildcat Jordan Hill is one of the many clients who have enjoyed the privacy and loyalty from the company.
After getting his realtor license this summer, the younger Wise will one day join his father full time.
“My dad wants me to easily transfer to business when I’m finished with basketball,” explained Wise.
Meanwhile, Dondre Wise is looking to pursue a career in coaching.
“He is trying to decide where he wants to be a graduate assistant coach between SMU and Marquette,” said the older Wise.
Clearly Nic Wise and Solomon Hill are having a productive summer. With all the extra work being put in, nothing less than a great season should be expected from each of them.
We thank Nic Wise for taking time out of his busy and grueling schedule to talk with PGU.