The NCAA has dominated Memphis heart James Wiseman ineligible, although the potential high choose in subsequent 12 months’s NBA draft will be capable to play Friday evening after a court docket issued a short lived restraining order.
Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017 supplied $11,500 in shifting bills to assist the Wiseman household’s transfer to Memphis, the college mentioned in a press release. The NCAA has deemed Hardaway a booster, Wiseman’s lawyer Leslie Ballin mentioned in a information convention.
Nevertheless, a Shelby County court docket choose on Friday halted the NCAA’s ruling in the meanwhile, making Wiseman eligible to play Friday evening when the No. 14 Tigers host Illinois-Chicago.
Memphis mentioned in a press release that the NCAA had declared Wiseman eligible in Could, however months of investigation adopted, in the end discovering documentation of the shifting bills.
“The College is presently working with the NCAA workers to revive his taking part in standing, and we’re eager for a speedy decision to the matter,” the college’s assertion mentioned.
The 7-foot-1 Wiseman, who starred in Memphis’ season opener on Tuesday, was the highest faculty basketball recruit in ESPN’s 2019 rankings and is the highest participant in ESPN’s rankings for the 2020 NBA Draft.
Hardaway, who’s in his second season as Memphis coach, had beforehand coached Wiseman on the grassroots circuit with the Crew Penny/Bluff Metropolis Legends program. He additionally coached him at East Excessive College in Memphis en path to a state championship.
Wiseman has been thought of one of many elite prospects within the 2019 class for the previous couple of years, and he maintained his No. 1 recruit rating after a powerful summer time on the Nike EYBL circuit, the place he averaged 15.2 factors, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, whereas taking pictures higher than 50 % from the sphere.
Wiseman selected in November 2018 to play for Memphis over Kentucky. He additionally took official visits to Florida State, Kansas and Vanderbilt.
He led Memphis with 28 factors and 11 rebounds within the No. 14 Tigers’ 97-64 win over South Carolina State on Tuesday, dazzling with dunks, alley-oop finishes and offensive rebounds adopted by putbacks.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Jeff Borzello contributed to this report.