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Wiseman joins new AAU team with more Memphis ties

Photo: Jon Lopez / Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez / Nike

James Wiseman has a new AAU team for the month of July. Unfortunately for Kentucky, it has strong Memphis ties.

Wiseman will play for Memphis-based Hoop City Basketball Club for two upcoming Adidas events in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Wiseman had been a member of the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny), most recently at this past weekend’s Nike Peach Jam, where he averaged 16 points per game down in South Carolina.

But now Wiseman will play for Hoop City, the program previously owned by and named for retired NBA player Mike Miller. Miller’s M33M team transitioned to Hoop City after Miller was hired on as an assistant coach at Memphis back in April.

Joining Wiseman with Hoop City are Trendon Watford and Chandler Lawson, two highly-rated prospects being recruited by Memphis. Watford is high on Memphis, and his Crystal Ball timeline has eight consecutive picks for the Tigers this summer. Lawson is also one of Penny Hardway’s top targets with mutual interest in the program.

So as speculation picks up that Memphis could steal Wiseman away from Kentucky, it’s not comforting to hear he will be traveling across the country with other players who may pick Memphis too. It also doesn’t help that Hoop City is run by Ernie Kuyper, the cousin of Memphis assistant Miller.

Ideally, Wiseman would transfer out of Tennessee for grad school next year to get away from the Tigers’ push. His latest move is the opposite of that.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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9 Comments for Wiseman joins new AAU team with more Memphis ties



  1. Alex90
    10:29 am July 16, 2018 Permalink

    Cal should just go ahead and ask him after the summer, are you coming to UK or not? Since it’s his home town team and he has ties to the coach he should know if he’s going to Memphis or not. There seems to be a few good bigs behind Wiseman that UK will lose out on if they continue to go all in on Wiseman.



  2. Kat4Life
    10:35 am July 16, 2018 Permalink

    I refuse to become obsessed with each and every blink of this kid’s eye as we neurotically track his every breath between now and the time he picks a college……been there, done that (Wiggins, Williamson, et al). Hope he comes, but if he doesn’t no big deal…we’ll survive.



    • dismore
      10:40 am July 16, 2018 Permalink

      I agree. But I think this is bigger than a blink of an eye.



  3. ClutchCargo
    10:43 am July 16, 2018 Permalink

    There will be a spot for Wiseman at whatever school he chooses, when he chooses. So, what’s the hurry, from his standpoint? And giving a top recruit an ultimatum would not be the way to play this. Cal has proven he knows a thing or two about recruiting, so I’m not going to worry too much about it.



  4. TBW3011
    12:11 pm July 16, 2018 Permalink

    Penny’s trying to make a splash. Bags of cash will be thrown at the kids folks. Get him to hold off until games start. Penny wasn’t even a good high school coach. It will be a train wreck hire.



    • leroybyrd
      2:20 pm July 16, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah Penny was so terrible he only won 3 straight state titles. Record like 93-8



  5. W1ldCats4Life
    12:14 pm July 16, 2018 Permalink

    I have to agree with TBW….Memphis hired on the name Penny not the Coach Penny. He will be gone in less than 4yrs.



  6. Samattox47
    12:59 pm July 16, 2018 Permalink

    Would be great to have him here but i would rather lose him to Memphis than Duke.



    • King_tucky
      12:26 am July 17, 2018 Permalink

      He ll get reclassified n pick Duke 2 weeks before season like Douche-Bagley did last yr. N we would be happy he if went to Memphis then.