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James Wiseman will NOT Reclassify to the 2018 Class

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The top-ranked player in the 2019 class will stay in the 2019 class.  After leading Memphis East to a Tennessee State Title, Wiseman told reporters at a press conference that he will not reclassify into the 2018 class.

Much speculation has surrounded Wiseman’s recruitment.  If he did decide to go to college one year early, his age would force him to play two seasons of college basketball.  Now that the reclassification option is off the table, all of the speculation will center around Penny Hardaway.

His high school coach and AAU program coordinator took the head coaching job at Memphis this week.  Kentucky has been the longtime favorite for Wiseman, but Penny’s new job could throw a wrench into his recruitment.

While people speculate away, there’s one certainty in his recruitment: he is the best junior basketball player in America.

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Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for James Wiseman will NOT Reclassify to the 2018 Class



  1. dballrb
    5:24 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    Kid has good footwork.Soft touch in the paint and has good hands/handles for his size..Very good all around.



  2. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    5:44 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    If anyone who actually writes these things took the time to look into the TSSAA they would have been able to squash this back in November when Matt Jones said Wiseman would reclassify.

    “Facts are optional”



    • murman
      6:01 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t hate on Matt Jones and the KSR crew. They do a great job and don’t charge anything. How do you beat that?



    • ClutchCargo
      11:33 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

      You beat that by not spreading rumors in an attempt to get the scoop.



  3. UKfromJersey
    5:55 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    looks like a poor mans Marvin Bagley



  4. Jiminy Crickets
    6:01 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    He does not seem to be able to jump very high. I get he’s 7’0 and a long stretch, but his head is far below the rim. The reason is i say that, is there’s plenty of 7’0ers in college and NBA, and the lack of elevation will be a big problem



    • Corder
      6:09 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

      He looks like more of a finesse player. Nice touch around the rim can step out to the free throw line for a jumper. Big men now adays are going more to that style of ball not a lot of big boys banging down low like there use to be.



    • Rembrandt
      6:17 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

      Crickets, when it comes to talent evaluation, you are lost in space.



  5. Catcasey1
    6:33 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    K.A.T.



  6. BBNDan7
    6:49 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    What does this kid have to gain from another year of high school basketball



  7. The Original WTF Guy
    6:56 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    If he declares he is reclassifying right now he can’t play AAU ball this summer. He will wait until the summer circuit is over then decide whether he will reclassify. He may not, but he probably will. He has only been at the HS where he is for one year so he doesn’t have a great reason to stay there like Anthony Davis did. Why stay at a HS for another year when he can, at worse, get two years of college before going to the NBA?



  8. Ez21
    9:30 pm March 22, 2018 Permalink

    Maybe he just wants to be a kid.