By reading the tea leaves alone, one would assume a decision for 2019 five-star big man James Wiseman is right around the corner.
And it would be a decision the Big Blue Nation would not be happy with.
Wiseman, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2019, is down to Memphis, Kentucky, Florida State, Vanderbilt, and Kansas, but all of the momentum has been with the Tigers over the last few weeks. Some outlets believe it’s all over but the waiting before Wiseman pulls the trigger for Memphis.
Sources told Adam Zagoria of FloHoops that Wiseman to Memphis is “done.”
The 7-foot Wiseman has yet to set an announcement date for his college choice, but multiple sources told FloHoops.com that Memphis is optimistic it will land the big man from Memphis (TN) East who played high school and AAU ball for Hardaway. Hardaway maintains a close relationship with Wiseman’s family and one source said the Memphis staff has already told some boosters it’s “done.”
KSR’s TJ Walker shared similar pessimism on Wiseman’s recruitment last week.
People in Memphis, and supposedly the Tigers’ staff, feel that he’s a done deal for the Tigers and it’s just a matter of time. One Memphis source told me they expect a decision date set this week and by the end of the month Wiseman will officially be a Tiger.
Corey Evans of Rivals.com says Memphis is the “team to beat” for Wiseman.
Wiseman surprised some last month by speeding up his commitment date and stating that he was leaning towards an early signing. Memphis is the team to beat now and while Kentucky would love to make him the face of its program, the Tigers could be on the precipice of a top-five class nationally thanks to the signing of Wiseman next week.
If you ask the seven-foot center’s mother, however, she’d tell you those rumblings are absolutely not true.
According to Evan Daniels of 247 Sports, Donzaleigh Artis says there is not an announcement scheduled nor does her son know where he will be attending school next season.
James Wiseman, No. 1 in the 247Sports Composite, currently does not have an announcement date, nor has he settled on his college choice, his mother Donzaleigh Artis tells @247Sports.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) November 11, 2018
Regardless, a decision is likely coming soon, and it doesn’t look good for Kentucky.