NCAA Rules Potential No. 1 Overall Pick James Wiseman Ineligible

Matt Galatzan
November 08, 2019 - 4:55 pm

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DALLAS (105.3 the Fan) - According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NCAA has ruled University of Memphis forward/center, and potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, James Wiseman, ineligible for the season. 

Per Mark Giannotto of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Wiseman will be eligible to play for the Tigers in their season opener against the University of Illinois Chicago at 6 p.m. CT on Friday night, however, due to a Shelby County Judicial Court Judge putting the ruling on hold, pending further litigation.

Earlier Friday afternoon, Wiseman's attorney, Leslie Ballin, told the media that Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway assisted in Wiseman and his family's move to the Memphis area in 2018 and that Hardaway has been declared a booster by the NCAA.

Wiseman’s lawyer has also told reporters that NCAA alleges Hardaway paid “thousands” of dollars in order to help Wiseman's move from Nashville to Memphis and that Wiseman is now suing the NCAA.

In an official statement from the University of Memphis, the University is working quickly with the NCAA to restore Wiseman's status for the season, and is firmly supporting Wiseman, as well as head coach Penny Hardaway, and the basketball program in the matter.  

As the consensus number one overall recruit in the 2019 class, Wiseman chose Memphis over programs such as Kansas, Kentucky, and Florida State.