ARIZONA BASKETBALL

Ex-Cat McClellan says European chance puts Wise in 'good situation'

2010-07-29T00:00:00Z 2014-07-24T09:46:20Z Ex-Cat McClellan says European chance puts Wise in 'good situation'Bruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 29, 2010 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats wing Jawann McClellan knows what it's like to go undrafted by the NBA and spend the rest of the summer wondering what might be next.

That may be why he's so excited about Nic Wise's one-year deal with Telekom Baskets Bonn, the top-level German League club the departing UA point guard has signed with for next season. For an undrafted guard, Wise now has opportunity.

"He's in a good situation," said McClellan, now an assistant coach for Wise's father, Greg, at Houston Yates High School. "Like I told Coach (Wise) you can't ask for better than the opportunity he's getting right now. I think if he does well, the future is bright for next year."

McClellan went undrafted in 2008 and was headed to a Belgian club before opting to spend the bulk of the season in the NBA D-League because of the exposure it would bring. However, injuries ended McClellan's career late that season and he turned to coaching.

Wise, however, has a chance to either establish a steady career in Europe - as did former UA guard Jason Gardner, once a Bonn player himself - or possibly even get a better look at the NBA next summer. Wise played well in the NBA's Portsmouth, Va., pre-draft camp but did not play in an NBA summer league.

"Great opportunity for Nic to grow, basketball-wise," wrote Andre Buck, Wise's agent, in a text message. "He will have a lot of responsibility."

A big part of the reason is the philosophy of Bonn coach Michael Koch, who met with Wise during a recent trip to Florida.

"He feels the situation with the team is really good," Greg Wise said. "The coach is like a (Mike) D'Antoni - he gives the point guard as much as he can handle. He's a point guard coach. They're a good team and they get up and down the floor. … Some other people we talked to said it was a good team and a perfect coach for Nic."

Wise will be playing in the same league where Gardner became the MVP two years ago, with EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Neither Wise nor Gardner have been available for comment this week, though Greg Wise said his son is working out in Houston with plans to leave for Germany on Aug. 15.

The elder Wise said Nic is working out in the mornings with Clippers assistant John Lucas and in the afternoons with McClellan.

Iguodala makes cut

Former UA standout Andre Iguodala made the USA Basketball national team cut of 15, and appears to have a good chance at landing on the final 12-man roster for the world championships because of his versatility, defense and attitude.

Iguodala had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes during Team USA's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday in Las Vegas, capping a week of training camp on the UNLV campus.

"He wants to be on this team and we're impressed with that," coach Mike Krzyzewski said Wednesday on a media teleconference call to announce the team's decisions. "He had as good a week as any player. He was really efficient. He took easy shots and was a really good outside shooter. He can really drive the ball. And Andre's athleticism on the defensive end is one of the best in the NBA. We see him more at the three or the wing position and being able to shut down people."

The national team will have final training sessions in New York on Aug. 10-16 prior to leaving for pre-tournament exhibitions in Europe. It must cut to 12 players for the world championships in Turkey, but Krzyzewski said more than 12 may be taken to Europe to give others opportunities and to guard against injury.

Bejarano OK after crash

Despite a recent car crash, incoming UA freshman guard Daniel Bejarano has been participating fully in basketball activities, according to UA basketball operations director Ryan Reynolds.

Privacy laws are limiting UA's ability to detail what happened in Bejarano's recent automobile crash. But Bejarano's mentor, Ray Arvizu Jr., said Bejarano did not suffer any major injuries and may have only slightly hurt his pinkie, when he was involved in a crash between Tucson and Phoenix.

"He was working out the next day," Arvizu said.

Incoming juco forward Jesse Perry was also involved in a minor car accident earlier this summer but did not suffer injuries.

On StarNet: Catch up on all the recent Arizona Wildcats news on reporter Bruce Pascoe's blog at go.azstarnet.com/pascoe

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