45  Kelly Wise
Kelly Wise

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Fort Walton Beach, Fla.

High School:
Choctawhatchee

Height / Weight:
6-10 / 217

Position:
Center

Birthdate:
01/11/1980


Noting Wise
After missing the Conference USA quarterfinal loss to Houston as well as the NIT first-round win over North Carolina-Greensboro, came back to play in the Tigers' final four games ... had the game-winning basket, a dunk with 18.6 seconds to play, as Memphis defeated Temple 78-77 in the NIT semifinals played in New York.

Averaged 11.2 points and led Conference USA with a 10.3 rebounding average ... for a second straight year was the only player in Conference USA to average a double-double ... shot 56.5 percent from the field to rank second in C-USA while his 1.6 blocks per game ranked fifth in the league .... when he played substantial minutes (20 or more), Memphis was 26-5.

HONORS & NUMBERS
Passed Andre Turner and Phillip "Doom" Haynes on the career scoring chart to finish with 1,487 points, eighth-most in school history ... with 1,075 career rebounds is one of only four players in Memphis history to have more than 1,000 boards joining Keith Lee, Forest Arnold and Ronnie Robinson ... third all-time in boards at Memphis passing Robinson on the list with his 17 combined rebounds in the Tigers' two wins in Madison Square Garden ... career rebounding number also set a Conference USA record as he passed Kenyon Martin (869) early in the year.

Broke the former Conference USA double-double record of 35 set by Charlotte's DeMarco Johnson and finished his career with 42 double-doubles ... led the league with 14 senior year and had a conference record 17 as a junior ... was named one of 30 nominees for the Senior CLASS Award which recognizes senior players ... Top 50 Preseason Finalist for the John Wooden Award ... named to Conference USA's first team ... also selected to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 7 team.

2001-02
Had two double-figure rebound games during the opening rounds of the Guardians Classic ... averaged 8.0 points and 11.0 boards ... took over the Northwestern State game and finished with 18 points (7-of-9 from the field), and for a third straight game, 11 rebounds ... recorded his 30th career double-double in the game to take sole possession of second place in the career statistical category in Conference USA ... in first nonstart of the season scored 14 points on 6-for-7 shooting against Southeastern Louisiana ... had started 65 straight games for the Tigers ... returned to the starting lineup against Christian Brothers and recorded his third double-double of the year ... had 12 points (6-for-9) along with 11 rebounds, three blocks and two steals against CBU ... had season highs for scoring (24) and rebounds (18) in win over Eastern Kentucky ... was 11-of-17 from the field against EKU and lso matched a season high with three assists ... matched season high with 18 rebounds against Mississippi to go along with 19 points ... scored 15 of his 17 points after intermission in the Tigers' 71-69 win over Tennessee ... was 7-for-9 from the field in the second half against the Volunteers and had eight rebounds in the game.

Had three blocks against Southern Miss in C-USA opener to reach the 200-block plateau ... was just 1-for-2 from the field but had 10 rebounds in the win over USM ... named Conference USA's Co-Player of the Week Jan., 13 after averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds in the Tigers' two road wins ... equaled season highs with 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Tigers' 98-93 win over TCU ... finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds against Tulane later in the week ... additionally, shot 65 percent (69-of-137) from the field, had three steals and two blocks during the week ... registered his 36th career double-double in the Tigers' win over Tulane to set a Conference USA record ... in a battle of National Division unbeatens, scored 10 points and had 13 rebounds in an 81-62 win over South Florida ... scored 11 points and had 13 rebounds in win at Southern Mississippi ... was 3-for-4 from the field and made 5-of-6 attempts from the free throw line ... third, 20-point game of the season came against UAB in a 102-81 win ... also had 11 rebounds in addition to shooting 8-for-11 from the field, dishing out three assists and blocking a shot in Birmingham.

Became Conference USA's first player to score 1,000 points and pull down 1,000 rebounds when he went for 16 points and matched a season high with 18 rebounds in the Tigers' win over Louisville ... his 1,000th career board came when he tipped in his own miss with 1:19 left in the first half to give the Tigers a 36-32 lead ... Wise also hit another milestone against Louisville moving into the top 10 in career scoring at Memphis ... did not start against Tulane (Feb. 4) due to bruised hip suffered prior to game at Houston ... with Memphis leading by one at halftime, started the second half against the Green Wave and finished with eight points, eight rebounds and blocked two shots ... was 4-for-5 from the field against the Green Wave ... two days prior to the Tulane game played just 14 minutes (four in the second half) against TCU due to the injury ... held scoreless for the first time since playing only six minutes against Tennessee his sophomore season ... did not dress for UAB road loss (Feb. 8) due to a strained right knee along with the hip injury ... underwent an MRI before traveling to Birmingham which proved no cartilage or ligament damage ... started at Charlotte but played just 15, first-half minutes ... was 1-for-2 from the field and had three rebounds but did not play the second half ... dressed but did not play in rematch against Houston as the Tigers dropped their third straight game.

Returned from a strained knee which had sidelined him two of the previous three games and scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds in 37 minutes of play off the bench against South Florida ... also had two blocks and two steals ... followed up the return with a 23-point, 13-rebound effort against DePaul on Senior Day ... was named Conference USA's Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 24 and for the week, averaged 17.5 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks while shooting 70.8 percent from the field ... played 25+ minutes in the final four games of the NIT ... scored 10 points and had nine rebounds in championship game against South Carolina ... played 37 minutes against the Gamecocks, his most time on the court since Feb. 20.

2000-01
First Team All-Conference USA pick as a junior ... only player in C-USA to average a double-double (15.1 points and 10.1 rebounds) ... named the team's valuable player ... tabbed collegeinsider.com's C-USA Player of the Year ... became the 36th player in Memphis history to score 1,000 points ... set a Conference USA record for double-doubles, recording his 17th of the year against Tulsa ... had 363 rebounds this season to set a Conference USA record

Averaged 19.3 points and 9.3 rebounds en route to an all-tournament performance at the Puerto Rico Shootout ... recorded his first double-double of the year with a 22-point, 14-rebound performance against Miami (Ohio) ... at Arkansas, scored 20 points and had 12 rebounds for his second double-double of the year ... was 7-of-11 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line with four of his seven field goals against the Razorbacks coming on dunks ... set a Thompson-Boling Arena record with 21 rebounds at Tennessee ... at Miami, posted a second, 21-rebound game and had five blocks against the Hurricanes to surpass Southern Miss's Carlos Booker and become the fourth all-time leading shot blocker in Conference USA history ... scored 13 points, had 18 rebounds, three assists and four steals in the Tigers' win over DePaul ... scored a season-high 24 points on 9-for-12 shooting at South Florida ... was 7-for-9 from the field against USF in the second half, scoring 20 of his 24 after the intermission ... named the Conference USA Player of the Week after averaging 21 points and seven rebounds in the Tigers' games with South Florida and Tulane ... scored 16 points (8-of-19 from the field), pulled down 14 rebounds and had four blocks in the Tigers' loss to Cincinnati ... registered 11th double-double of the year against UAB, scoring 19 points to go with 12 rebounds ... scored 14 points and pulled down 11 rebounds at home against South Florida in a showdown of league leaders ... scored 20 points, had 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in the Tigers' C-USA Tournament semifinal loss to Cincinnati ... in two C-USA Tournament games shot 56 percent from the field and 72 percent from the free throw line ... averaged 16.2 points and blocked 12 shots in five games played in the TiVo NIT.

'99-2000
Was named All-Conference USA Third Team after averaging 14.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks as a sophomore ... rebounding and block averages as well as field goal percentage (.561) all ranked among the league's top three while his 14.5 scoring average ranked 12th in C-USA ... had 71 blocks as a sophomore which tied for the seventh-best season total in school history.

In first playing time, registered his third career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Alabama A&M ... in just his second game of the year, recorded a then, career-high 22 points to go with nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals against Jackson State ... had a career-high four steals on the road at Kansas State ... recorded his second double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds against Louisiana at Monroe ... scored 20 points to go with 14 rebounds and six blocks against Arkansas ... five of his eight field goals were on a career-high five dunks against the Razorbacks ... registered his third straight double-figure rebound game with 12 boards to go with 16 points against Houston, his fifth double-double of the year ... blocked six shots for the third time during the season in the Tigers' win over UAB ... eight blocks at Southern Miss were a career high, one block shy of the school record ... also had 19 points and seven rebounds at USM ... scored 25 points in the Tigers' loss to Louisville ... against UL, had 12 rebounds in recording his sixth double-double of the year ... tip-in on an inbounds pass with .4 seconds remaining sent Memphis' game against Southern Miss to overtime ... scored 21 points and blocked three shots in what proved to be a Tiger loss in The Pyramid ... played just 13 minutes in a road win at Houston due to foul trouble and scored in single figures for the second straight game ... went 10-for-11 from the field, scoring 24 points in the Tigers' 77-49 win over Tulane ... also had 14 rebounds and with five blocked shots against the Wave, established a new C-USA sophomore record with 51 blocks in league games (ended the year with 52) ... scored 15 points and had 14 rebounds against South Florida in final game of regular season ... 14 boards at USF marked the fifth time during the year he had at least 14 rebounds in a game.

'98-99
Ranked fourth in Conference USA in blocks, averaging 1.71 rejections per game ... helped the Tigers lead the league in blocked shots during the regular season (5.75 per game) ... also averaged 6.2 points and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 59.2 percent from the floor as a rookie ... blocked shot in 11 of the team's final 12 games, including a career-high seven in the Tigers' win over Marquette ... made 2-of-3 from the field and finished with six points in his first collegiate game against UNC-Wilmington. Also had four rebounds and blocked a shot in 15 minutes of play ... in his first career start against Northeast Louisiana scored a game-high 20 points, had eight rebounds and blocked five shots ... recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds against Arkansas-Pine Bluff ... had five blocked shots against Arkansas-Pine Bluff as the Tigers set a single-game school record with 15 blocks. Also had a career-high four assists in the game ... scored 16 points on a 7-for-9 shooting day at Arkansas. Also had seven rebounds against the Razorbacks ... after scoring just four points in the Tigers' previous six C-USA games, went 5-for-10 from the floor and finished with 14 points in a win against South Florida. Also recorded his first multi-shot block game since Ole Miss ... successful on all three of his field goal attempts against Louisville. His high-percentage shots included two dunks against the Cardinals. Also blocked a pair of shots ... came off the bench and had a perfect shooting night against Houston. Made all six of his field goal attempts (four dunks) and made seven straight at the free throw line. His 19 points was one shy of a career high and also had seven boards ... started against UAB and was 5-for-7 from the floor. Scored 10 points and had three dunks as well as two blocked shots. Equaled a game high with seven rebounds ... got in foul trouble early against Saint Louis and played just 11 minutes. Made the most of his time by equaling a career high with five blocks and also had five rebounds ... registered a double-dozen against Marquette, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Set a career high with seven blocked shots, tying for sixth most in a game at Memphis.

High School
Averaged 19.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game as a senior ... led Choctawhatchee to a 26-7 record as a junior averaging 15.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.8 blocks ... registered 27 points, 14 rebounds and 12 blocks against crosstown rival Fort Walton Beach High ... competed in Adidas tournaments in Las Vegas and California summer before senior year.

Personal
Son of Sonya Wise.

Career Highs
Points: 27 vs South Florida (1/12/00)
FG Made: 12 vs South Florida (1/12/00)
FG Attempted: 19, 3 times
FT Made: 9 vs Louisville (2/3/00)
FT Attempted: 14 vs Kansas State (12/27/00)
Rebounds: 21 vs Tennessee (12/5/00), vs Miami (12/21/00)
Assists: 5 vs Cincinnati (2/15/01)
Steals: 4 at Kansas State (12/8/99), vs DePaul (1/13/01)
Blocks: 8 at Southern Mississippi (1/29/00)
Minutes Played: 39, 6 times

Career Statistics

Year    G  FG-FGA   Pct 3FG-FGA  Pct  FT-FTA  Pct   RB-AVG   AS  BL  ST  PTS-AVG
98-99  28  71-120  .592   0-0   .000  31- 53 .585  141- 5.0  10  48  11  173- 6.2
99-00  28 161-287  .570   0-0   .000  83-143 .580  241- 8.6  20  71  24  405-14.5
00-01  36 212-441  .481   0-0   .000 126-250 .504  363-10.1  68  57  39  550-15.3
01-02  32 147-259  .568   0-0   .000  65-115 .565  330-10.3  40  50  28  359-11.2
Total 124 591-1107 .534   0-0   .000 305-561 .541 1075- 8.7 138 226 102 1487-12.0

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