Former Golden Eagles Wise, Flowers Sign NBA Contracts

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Former Golden Eagle men's basketball players Jeremy Wise and Gary Flowers signed NBA contracts Saturday.

Wise signed with the Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat, while Flowers inked with the Golden State Warriors.

Wise has appeared in five games this season with Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League averaging 8.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.00 steals and 29.6 minutes while shooting 57.1 percent (12-of-21) from the field and 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the foul line. Additionally, over the past three seasons, he has played professionally with the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League, Sigma Barcellona of the Italian Lega2 League and the Petron Blaze Boosters of the Philippines Basketball Association.

Wise played for the Golden Eagles from 2006-09, where he finished sixth in school history with 1,691 points. The three-time All-Conference USA player also finished his career tops in free throw percentage (.823), second in free throws made (511), fourth in scoring average (17.6), fifth in assists (381) and sixth in three-pointers made (120).

Flowers played two years (2009-11) with the Golden Eagles, where he finished seventh in school history with a 16.8 scoring average. The two-time All-Conference USA player also finished his career seventh in blocks with 104, and is just one of 16 Golden Eagles to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, as he ended with 1,078 points and 513 boards.

The Dallas, Texas native also took home numerous awards. This past year, he was the first Golden Eagle in C-USA history to earn first team All-Conference honors. He was also First Team All-NABC All-District, and became the first Southern Miss player to earn the Cellular South Bailey Howell Trophy.