Jeremy Wise to test NBA waters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Southern Miss point guard Jeremy Wise has entered his name in this year's NBA draft - sort of.

Though he made the announcement Wednesday, Wise said he will not hire an agent and readily admits he expects to be back for his senior season.

"I'm just trying to see what the NBA scouts say I need to work on and stuff so I can prepare for" the 2010 draft, Wise told The Associated Press in a phone interview.

Players with college eligibility left who decide to declare for the draft can return to school with no penalty if they don't sign with an agent. Wise must withdraw from the June 25 draft by June 15.

Until then, NBA teams can invite him to weekend workouts for evaluation while he continues to work toward his degree.

"At this point, I don't know how the scouts think about me," Wise said.

If their evaluation was based on career achievement, they'd have high marks for Wise.

Wise has been the best player at Southern Miss during coach Larry Eustachy's tenure. The Jackson, Miss., native has started all 96 games since joining the Golden Eagles and has scored in double figures in 88 contests.

The junior had 16.9 points and 4.7 assists per game last season and became the first Golden Eagles player to score 500 points in three straight seasons since Clarence Weatherspoon from 1989 to 1992, even though he was playing out of position.

Still, he believes there are many parts of his game he can improve before becoming a pro. He also has goals he's yet to achieve and believes next year's Southern Miss team will be good enough to help him reach them.

"I still want to win the Conference USA title and get to the (NCAA) tournament," Wise said.

Eustachy says Wise has his "complete support."

"I have met with Jeremy and told him how proud I am of him both academically and athletically in his three years at Southern Miss," Eustachy said.