April 12, 2006

With or without Shakur, Wise will be ready to play

The inevitability of Arizona point guard Mustafa Shakur entering the NBA Draft by the April 29 deadline may be disturbing to some, but even without him the Wildcats will have a worthy candidate to run the show in freshman Nic Wise.

Wise has been working out with former NBA star John Lucas at Rice University on a daily basis but the list of other players Wise has been - and will be - going up against every day is as long as it is distinguished.

We recently ran a story on Wise's budding relationship with his new mentor, former Arizona All-American Damon Stoudamire, but now the plan is for Wise to face the top competition possible each afternoon under Lucas's direction in order for him to be ready to go immediately at Arizona.

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