NCAA upholds decision regarding James Wiseman


James Wiseman announced in December of 2019 he would be leaving the University of Memphis to prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An NCAA committee upheld its decision regarding reinstatement for James Wiseman.

Wiseman was told by the NCAA that he couldn’t play in a total of 12 games and must donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice after it was discovered that Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway gave Wiseman’s family that same amount before they moved to Memphis from Nashville.

The problem, according to the NCAA, was that Hardaway had previously donated a significant amount to the university and therefore was considered a booster.

The NCAA said Wiseman was likely ineligible on Nov. 8, prompting the basketball star’s attorney to file a restraining order, allowing Wiseman to play in three games with the Tigers. Wiseman withdrew his lawsuit on Nov. 14 and sat one game. The NCAA said this suspension includes Wiseman’s punishment for playing while ineligible.

The University of Memphis called Wednesday’s decision “disappointing” but that they “look forward to a promising season.”

Wiseman released a statement on Twitter saying “sometimes bad things happen to good people.”

Wiseman will return to competition on January 12.

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