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James Wiseman will not reclassify, per his mother

It may be time to put the James Wiseman reclassifying discussion to bed.

SEC County’s Kyle Tucker spoke to Wiseman’s mother and she said her son will stick around high school for his senior season and will not make the jump to college basketball next fall.

“I can’t imagine James leaving me for 2019, much less leaving me for 2018,” she told Tucker. “I want James to experience as much of being a kid as he can, because once we step out in the college world we have to grow up really fast. We’ve talked and James wants to be a kid right now.”

She also confirmed that Memphis has entered the picture as a serious contender since Penny Hardaway extended a scholarship offer on Wiseman’s 17th birthday. The five-star big man is still very high on Kentucky, but Calipari is going to have to put up a fight to land a commitment, especially now that Memphis will have another year to impress him.

For more on Wiseman’s future, read Tucker’s interview with his mother here. Kyle’s been Mr. Scoop these past few weeks with all these interviews with parents.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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26 Comments for James Wiseman will not reclassify, per his mother



  1. BBNDan7
    1:33 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    I feel like Penny has already taught him all he can, so why wouldn’t he want to learn from someone new?



  2. Blublood41
    1:35 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not concerned, Cal’s complacent days are over. He is re recruiting with a chip on his shoulder, seems like Coach K has lit a fire under him.Wiseman would be great, but if he decides to go to Memphis over UK with the talent he will have around him him here then he wasn’t meant to be here. Hope we get him, seems like a great kid.



  3. kdsmith10000
    1:38 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    If mommy has her way, it sounds like he’s Memphis bound. Oh well, they need to do what’s best for them. As Cal has said in the past, UK isn’t for everyone.



    • BCO
      2:07 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      Uh, in the article his mom says she likes Cal and Joel the best, actually.



    • BBNDan7
      2:16 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      Did you read the article? Lol



    • ClutchCargo
      2:20 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      The article is nothing but good news for UK…



  4. runningunnin.454
    1:38 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    Run, kid…can’t be a momma’s boy forever.



  5. Blublood41
    1:53 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    It still sounds like UK for Wiseman.



  6. Jiminy Crickets
    1:55 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    Momma knows best, I guess



  7. ClutchCargo
    2:13 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    Memphis has a year to show him Penny isn’t going to cut it, while UK explodes back on the scene as a dominant team. I think we’re good even if he stays in the 2019 class.



    • Jiminy Crickets
      2:33 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      You’re 100% correct. In the modern era, other than pat Riley, has there ever been a “great” player ever becomes a great coach?



    • runningunnin.454
      2:53 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Billy Donovan…?



    • henderblue
      5:22 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      I wouldn’t call Pat Riley a great player either. A great Wildcat yes, but the players Rg454 mentioned are in the same mold, player-wise,as Pat Riley



    • Cletis75
      3:20 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      Rg454, he said great player. Not decent or role players



    • Mathlete
      3:22 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      @RG – I wouldn’t describe any of those 3 as great players. Great coaches, sure, but not great players. Steve Kerr might be the closest to accomplishing both since Riley but he was probably the 4th best player on his team for most of the 90s.



    • runningunnin.454
      3:52 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      I guess it’s somewhat subjective; if a player has a long NBA career, I guess I consider them great players. Donovan didn’t have a long pro career; but, he was a great college player in my opinion.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:00 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a bit of a stretch to call Hardaway a great player. Really good, but not great.



  8. RealCatsFan
    2:59 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    You can’t put “Memphis” and “impress” together in the same sentence. Hardaway might lure in a few good players based on his NBA reputation, but I see him fading away in 3-5 years, much like Anthony Grant at ‘Bama.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:53 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      Cal will go to Memphis and impress Wiseman so much that he commits to UK.



  9. Mathlete
    3:19 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    The way his mom talks, this might be another Marques Bolden situation.

    “I can’t imagine James leaving me for 2019, much less leaving me for 2018,”
    “once *WE* step out in the college world *WE* have to grow up really fast.”



    • ClutchCargo
      3:55 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      You have to go read the linked article. Context is important.



    • Mathlete
      4:58 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

      I read it, she seems like a loving mom but it’s not a “we” experience. When he goes off to college, she’s not coming.



  10. Catlogic15
    6:40 pm April 13, 2018 Permalink

    I didn’t read the article, so let me ask. Does this take Findley Prep out of the equation for his senior year. I think Cal would prefer that.