James Wiseman dominated the recruiting headlines last year before choosing Penny Hardaway and Memphis over Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas, and Vanderbilt. According to multiple reports, the talented big man has been ruled ineligible.
The NCAA has ruled Memphis F/C James Wiseman — the possible No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft — ineligible, his lawyers said in Memphis.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 8, 2019
BREAKING: Memphis attorney Leslie Ballin says James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible.
He says the NCAA determined Penny Hardaway helped Wiseman and his family move to Memphis in high school. They are considering Penny to be a booster.
— Jessica Benson (@Local24Jessica) November 8, 2019
Wiseman’s lawyer told reporters that NCAA alleges Hardaway paid “thousands” of dollars in moving expenses when Wiseman moved from Nashville to Memphis in high school. Lawyer also said that Wiseman is now suing the NCAA.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) November 8, 2019
Wiseman sat out Memphis’ preseason games, but played in the season opener vs. South Carolina State, finishing with 28 points and 11 rebounds. The news comes just over an hour before the Tigers’ second game of the season vs. the University of Illinois-Chicago at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
UPDATE: According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Mark Giannotto, a court order will allow Wiseman to play tonight.
Memphis released this statement, via Andy Katz:
UPDATE: Good luck with that, Memphis.
NCAA statement on James Wiseman: pic.twitter.com/B4hClOQxMj
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 9, 2019