Attorney: James Wiseman ineligible to play for Memphis basketball

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The NCAA is basically labeling Hardaway as a booster for the Memphis program when he aided Wiseman's family, before becoming the head coach at his alma mater.

Blake Ballin, another Wiseman attorney, said the NCAA sent a letter before Wiseman's collegiate debut Tuesday deeming him ineligible, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

His recruitment gave the Tigers the top recruiting class of 2019, according to 247Sports and Scout, this despite the fact that Memphis hadn't been ranked since 2014.

But, the University immediately filed for an emergency court order to restore Wisman's eligibility and it was GRANTED late Friday.so he was able to take the court against the University of IL at Chicago.

At the time, Hardway was an assistant basketball coach at Memphis East High School - where Wiseman played his final two years of prep ball.


The NCAA has ruled Memphis F/C James Wiseman - the possible No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft - ineligible, his lawyers said in Memphis.

The Memphis Tigers entered the 2019-20 season with high expectations in larger part because of five-star freshman James Wiseman. They are working with the NCAA to "restore his playing status", per the release. Well, it turns out that he's actually ineligible to play this year.

"The University of Memphis is enjoying a tremendous period of positive momentum and success on multiple fronts including the excitement surrounding our men's basketball program", stated Laird Veatch, University of Memphis Director of Athletics.

The university said Wiseman didn't know about the money given to his family. In his first college game against South Carolina State, Wiseman had 28 points and 11 rebounds in 22 minutes of action.

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