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What to make of the comments from James Wiseman’s mom

Before we get into it, read Evan Daniels’ article with Donzaleigh Artis, James Wiseman’s mother. Daniels is the best in the business and works too hard for folks to not read his work.

You can (and should) read his article HERE. When the article was posted Tyler Thompson wrote a quick recap and an updated list on visitors for UK in September. It’s going to be a wild month for Kentucky basketball recruiting and you can read that HERE.

Here are my thoughts on Artis’ interesting comments:

“We have our options wide open. Kansas keeps in touch all the time, Vanderbilt is always on him, Florida State is emailing and texting, they’re on him. It’s not just Kentucky and Memphis.”

Thoughts: Emailing, Florida State? What is this, 2001? No, in all seriousness the Wiseman camp has been saying this isn’t a two-horse race for months. Probably longer. And I believe in their minds they are truly open to Vandy, Kansas and Florida State. They will give all those schools a fair chance and stranger things have happened in recruiting, but it’s going to take something bizarre from one of those schools to jump UK or Memphis just from a relationship standpoint. I truly believe their options are wide open but UK and Memphis have put in the most work at this point.


“Right now, we’re just scheduling visits with different schools that we want to visit. Everybody is to the point now where they want to say that James is going to Memphis.”

Thoughts: Well. How about that. Artis addresses the elephant in the room and I’m not sure what to make of this comment. It seems pretty cut and dry. The family is going to take several visits. Earlier she said it’s not just UK and Memphis and now she mentions that everyone is saying Memphis leads. But, is she wrong? Most folks (Evan Daniels excluded) thinks Memphis leads for Wiseman. The family clearly wants the public to believe that every school has a chance.


“Then Florida State we will know by the end of the day because he just talked to us today to try and get us set up so we will know that by the end of the day.”

Thoughts: Basically Artis is waiting for Leonard Hamilton to fire up his AOL account, check his away messages and then return an email. Not much here, folks. It seems like Florida State will get a visit.

“He hasn’t said what his fifth one is,” Artis said when pressed about the visit. “He hasn’t said which one he wants or if he’ll take it.”

Thoughts: Wiseman will visit UK, Kansas, Vanderbilt and Florida State. Memphis may not get an official visit. On the one hand this is interesting because Memphis is perceived the leader. Even if it’s the hometown school, Penny and his staff would love to treat Wiseman and the family on the school’s dime.

But, why waste an official visit on the school that’s just down the street? In my opinion that seems to make the most. This doesn’t mean Memphis is behind. This doesn’t mean anything besides Wiseman wanting to capitalize on his visits. And hell, maybe Memphis will end up with the fifth visit. No need to overreact here.

Remember, he still has a list of eight schools. He’s also considering Arizona, North Carolina and Texas.


“I know right now it’s football time and we don’t want to look at just football. We want to come in and see how you all play and see how this system is ran, we want to get in there and get dirty with the players. I want him to talk to some of these people and get a feel of what’s going on at different schools and all of that.”

Thoughts: Artis seems like a smart woman and the Wiseman family is doing this the right way. Football games are neat, but that shouldn’t dictate an entire visit. Any recruit should want to talk with players, coaches and observe as much as they can. It appears that will be what Wiseman does on his official visits. The good news for UK is that there is already an amazing relationship between Wiseman’s family and the Kentucky staff. They will be able to continue to build on that relationship, focus on basketball and the academic sides of UK.


“We’re going to wait this out,. I want James to go through his entire 12th grade year of being a 12th grader. You don’t ever get that back, you never get back being a kid. I want him to evaluate each school with what’s happening. I want him to figure it out because you have transfer students when basketball starts, you got people going to enter the Draft, coaches going to change so we’re going to do this at a late period, the latest period you can so he can see both sides of it.”

Thoughts: Daniels has been saying for months that Wiseman would wait until the spring and here we have Wiseman’s mom confirm. So, don’t get too antsy because we are months away from a final decision.

You can look at this as a handful of ways, but I take it as good news for UK. If he knew he wanted to go to Memphis it would be in Penny’s best interest to get a commitment immediately. With Wiseman on board the Tigers would likely land other highly talented four or five-star players. Great players want to play with great players. Wiseman is great. It sounds like Wiseman will be waiting longer than most 2019 players, so Memphis’ class will likely be what it is before Wiseman’s decision.

Also, will Memphis have several bigs that are making NBA decisions after this season? I don’t think so. Heck, most schools on his list won’t.

One more point- the reaction in town probably wouldn’t be great if Wiseman committed to UK and then had an entire season to play. Memphis fans will continue to show him love for months, and that won’t hurt the Tigers’ chances, but if Wiseman picked UK or KU tomorrow, Wiseman’s last year in Memphis probably wouldn’t be overly pleasant. I take this quote as a positive for the Cats.

Again, make sure to read the entire article because Daniels has great insight in the story and more details about Wiseman’s recruitment. CLICK HERE.


Article written by TJ Walker

18 Comments for What to make of the comments from James Wiseman’s mom

  1. Wade
    12:11 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    Wiseman will come to uk. We need 4 bigs since we are going to have so many guards and we are going to probably loose kj reid pj and maybe nick and ej..

    • WVCat
      1:07 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink


    • Rod Crandler
      2:34 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      Unless Penny lays an egg this season, I find it hard to believe he is not going to Memphis. I also have a gut feeling Penny is behind all the drama to make a big a splash as possible. I have a big gut so this is probably accurate.

  2. Danny44324
    12:14 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    What is with this “we” BS? It’s not her choice, it’s his choice. It’s not her visits, it’s his. Stop trying to make it about you instead of being about your son.

    • Booby Petrino
      12:29 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      sounds like a good mom to me, I don’t get your problem.

    • BlueSteel
      7:51 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      It is about “we” when a good family is involved. It sounds like she is trying to look out for her son and his future. These are teenagers we are talking about – lest we forget!

  3. Kat4Life
    12:34 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    If he comes, he comes…….

  4. michaelb
    1:03 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t like any of this , they’re turning recruiting into a soap opera . This is the type of people I wouldn’t want on the team. Wiseman majors in Drama it seems like trumps his major in basketball

    • Bobbum Man
      1:18 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      Huh? U realize people interview them and ask them these questions right?

    • michaelb
      1:24 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      They make process into something they shouldn’t & something it isn’t . I’m not talking about whatever you’re talking about b man

    • Bluebloodtoo
      2:28 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      I think maybe the media is the ring leader in your circus. The family seems to be pretty consistent with their story….

  5. michaelb
    1:17 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    Wouldn’t be surprised if uk drops him cold like they did KyKy. I mean they should it’s the same situation almost – the comments and attitudes just worded a little differently is all

  6. Bobbum Man
    1:18 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    His mom sounds like a good lady and it’s nice to see a parent urging their child to be a kid and enjoy his time… nice to see this instead of another parent trying to live vicariously through their son, wish him the best whatever he does

    • michaelb
      1:26 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      I wasn’t solely talking about this kid & this situation . Bman

  7. michaelb
    1:22 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

    Starting to see this new ugly trend of high school studs “playing” the other schools that (in their own opinion ) missed out on them. It’s only recruiting, but some of these lil drama queens turn it into their own self indulged reality show . The kid who decommited , Zion kinda and a couple others .. I decided on not mentioning their names cuz that’s what they don’t deserve

    • Bluebloodtoo
      2:29 pm August 29, 2018 Permalink

      Idk, michealb seems a little like a troll to me. At minimum, might want to back off that conspiracy ledge a little.

  8. michaelb
    2:51 pm August 30, 2018 Permalink

    What is conspiring ?