Wiseman deemed ineligible by NCAA

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2019

The arrival of Wiseman helped Hardaway have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Wiseman had 28 points and 11 rebounds in just 22 minutes of game action in Memphis' opening night victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday.

Wiseman played for Hardaway at East High during the 2017-18 season and committed to play for the Tigers in 2018 as Hardaway debuted as the Tigers' head coach.

Memphis said in a statement that the NCAA had declared Wiseman eligible in May, but months of investigation followed, ultimately finding documentation of the moving expenses.

According to ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowksi, the NCAA has ruled Wiseman as ineligible to play.

According to the NCAA, Penny qualified as a booster for the Memphis program at the time because of a donation that he made to the program in 2008, thus the ineligibility ruling.

Memphis' coach, Penny Hardaway, is alleged to have assisted Wiseman and his family move to Memphis a year ago.

After initially deemed ineligible to play at the University of Memphis by the NCAA, potential No. 1 National Basketball Association pick James Wiseman is now eligible to play pending further legal proceedings, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The timing of this news is brutal for the Tigers as they're about to take the court tonight against the UIC Flames.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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