March 5, 2007
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -
Southern Miss freshman Jeremy Wise earned second-team Conference USA honors in a vote by the 12 head coaches and selected media in a release today by the league office in Irving, Texas.
Wise, the only freshman listed on the three teams announced, led the Golden Eagles this season at 17.6 points per game, en route to becoming the school's all-time freshman leader in scoring. He also became the first Southern Miss player to reach 500 points in a season since 1998-99, having tallied 510 points for the campaign.
The 6-foot-2 guard is the only Golden Eagle to start in every game this season and has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games, including 20-straight currently. He also has 10 games of 20 or more points this season, including a season-best 28 at Memphis on Jan. 27.
Wise ranks No. 4 in C-USA in both scoring and free throw percentage - he also ranks nationally in both categories - and is No. 10 in 3-pointers made (51) on the school's single-season chart. He earned C-USA Player of the Week honors on Jan. 29.
Wise's Player of the Week honor marked the first freshman to win the award since former Louisville standout and 2003 C-USA Freshman of the Year, Francisco Garcia, received the weekly honor on Feb. 10, 2003. It was his first Player of the Week honor and the first for a Golden Eagle since Jasper Johnson, who won co-honors with Donell Taylor of UAB on Dec. 20, 2004, marking the seventh time a Golden Eagle earned this accomplishment since the league's inaugural campaign in 1995-96.
Joey Dorsey and Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis were named to the first team. The Tiger duo was joined on the first team by Morris Almond of Rice, Paul Delaney III of UAB and Robert McKiver of Houston.
Joining Wise on the second team were Jeremy Hunt of Memphis, Stefon Jackson of UTEP, Oliver Lafayette of Houston and Josh Peppers of UCF.
On the third team, it was Ike Ofoegbu of SMU, Wen Mukubu of UAB, David Gomez of Tulane, Rod Earls of Tulsa and Marshall's Markel Humphrey.
Southern Miss opens play in the Conference USA Championship, presented by Aeropostale, Wednesday, at 2:30 p.m. The sixth-seeded Golden Eagles take on No. 11 seed SMU. The game can be heard on the Southern Miss/ISP Sports Network.
2006-07 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Morris Almond, Rice, G, 6-6, 215, Sr., Powder Springs, Ga.
Paul Delaney III, UAB, 6-2, 200, Jr., Decatur, Ga.
Joey Dorsey, Memphis, F, 6-9, 260, Jr., Baltimore, Md.
Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis, G, 6-5, 180, So., Detroit, Mich.
Robert McKiver, Houston, G, 6-3, 190, Jr., New Haven, Conn.
2006-07 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Jeremy Hunt, Memphis, G, 6-5, 210, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Stefon Jackson, UTEP, G. 6-5, 170, So., Philadelphia, Pa.
Oliver Lafayette, Houston, G, 6-3, 180, Sr., Baton Rouge, La.
Josh Peppers, UCF, F, 6-6, 210, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Jeremy Wise, Southern Miss, G, 6-2, 165, Fr., Jackson, Miss.
2006-07 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Rod Earls, Tulsa, G, 6-2, 194, Jr., Little Rock, Ark.
David Gomez, Tulane, F/C, 6-7, 225, Jr., Baton Rouge, La.
Markel Humphrey, Marshall, F, 6-5, 215, So., Ellenwood, Ga.
Wen Mukubu, UAB, G/F, 6-6, 205, Sr. Miami, Fla.
Ike Ofoegbu, SMU, F, 6-9, 215, Sr., San Antonio, Texas