AllSportsTucson.com is beginning a Where Are They Now? feature, highlighting many of the athletes you grew to love through the years at Arizona and beyond. We hope you enjoy the new feature. Writer Katie Mabry will handle many of the stories.
Nic Wise played basketball at the University of Arizona from 2006-2010. AllSportsTucson.com recently caught up with Nic to reflect on his college career and learn about what he’s doing now.
Q: Nic, I think it’s great that you still have time to make your way back to Tucson now and again. What’s the one thing you miss most about The Old Pueblo?
A: I miss being on campus and feeling the energy/buzz on game days.
Q: Arizona fans are some of the most loyal in collegiate sports. What’s one memory that stands out when you reflect on the interactions over the years with your fans?
A: My favorite memory of the fans is them thanking me for sticking around for four years even through all the turmoil with the four coaches.
Q: Your career at Arizona was a memorable one. You earned All-Pac-10 second team honors during your junior year and then All-Pac-10 first team honors during your senior year. Looking back, what would be the one piece of advice you would give to your younger self – you know, the 2006 UA freshman Nic Wise?
A: Looking back I would’ve had more fun with the whole process and worked on more of the weaknesses in my game.
Q: You have built quite a resume in the world of professional basketball since leaving Arizona. From being signed by the Telekom Baskets Bonn of Germany, to the STB Le Havre of the LNB Pro A, to Juvecaserta Basket of Italy, and Rosa Radom of the Polish Basketball League. You’ve been all over Europe. In addition to your professional basketball career I know you are always looking to make a difference at home. What are you working on now that you want our readers to know about?
A: Right now in my post professional career I’ve been doing Real Estate/Sports Marketing. Also have a huge business I’m looking for sharp/fun people to expand with in wholesale travel.
Q: Athletes often talk about moments where they were truly “in the zone.” Did you have one of those moments during your career? If so, can you tell me about it?
A: I’ve been in the zone plenty of times, most of the times it just happens by default when you play with your gut and want to win the particular game so bad.
Q: What was the craziest or most interesting question you were asked during your recruitment, either college or as a professional?
A: The craziest question I was ever asked was, “would I think I’d be successful at the pro level at my size.” I felt like a giant every time I stepped on the court.