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Memphis threw a “James Wiseman Day” Parade. Seriously.


Man, Penny Hardaway really knows how to turn a middling program into a cocky villain.

In honor of Memphis’ freshly minted number 1 ranked recruiting class, Hardaway decided the best way to commemorate his crop would be to throw a parade centered solely around their prized recruit, James Wiseman. He even gave James a lot of the credit for helping to round out the class.

“You have to have some help and some luck,” he said Tuesday while discussing the Tigers’ recruiting class. “Of course James, getting James, him coming to Memphis, him playing for me, jump-started everything because the guys wanted to play with him as well.”

So about a month ago, local artist and Memphis supporter Melony Walker came up with the idea to put together an event thanking Wiseman for all he accomplished since moving to Memphis about two years ago.

The event involved Wiseman and his family cruising around town, all in separate Corvettes, with music blasting and fans lining the streets, culminating in a pep rally at Wiseman’s school.

Would something like this have taken place if Wiseman had chosen, say, Kentucky instead of Memphis?

“I don’t think so,” fellow Memphis signee and East teammate Malcolm Dandridge said.

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I’ve gotta agree with Malcolm on this one. Getting a top ranked recruit around here looks less like a parade and more like your average Tuesday.

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Article written by Jay Winkler

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5 responses to “Memphis threw a “James Wiseman Day” Parade. Seriously.”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    It’s Memphis. Nuff said.

  2. Han

    Just so I’m clear on this, the Memphis head coach and a booster conceived of an event, a day of celebration, a parade, for a player/recruit and his family that involves them getting to ride around in corvettes and go to a pep rally for the player. This all only happened because he attended the school.

    Even if he’s already signed when this happens, seems like recruiting violations and improper benefits. “Hey, look what happens when you come play for us!” I feel like the NCAA would definitely drop the hammer/amend rules if we did this or even did this as part of intros for Big Blue Madness. I mean, they came after us for giving Cal a ball commemorating 500 wins because they’d vacated some of those wins. I’m honestly surprised they haven’t come after us for Ellen giving brownies to players on their birthday.

    How is a parade and sports cars and a party okay?

  3. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree

    I guess he isn’t known Penny “Handjob” Hardaway for nothing.

  4. 1stkatman

    I can appreciate the brainstorming to gain publicity, but not for one particular player’s notoriety. Wiseman being singled out with this investment appears to be a violation. Didn’t Bruce Pearl end up getting UT in trouble just over having an impermissible barbecue? They should have to go to every players home town and their HS to give the same praise for play. Imagine every collegiate team in America keeping up with this facade? Especially the ones that can barely afford to fly in planes or for regular benefits.

  5. UKfanman01

    Violations maybe?