Memphis freshman Wiseman ruled ineligible by NCAA, plays Friday as he fights ruling
Memphis center James Wiseman has a temporary restraining order to play while the heralded freshman fights an NCAA ruling that he's ineligible to play for coach Penny Hardaway and the Tigers.
Memphis issued a statement Friday, less than an hour before the No. 14 Tigers played Illinois-Chicago, saying it is working with NCAA staff to fully restore Wiseman's eligibility.
Wiseman was the No. 1 recruit nationally and is projected as the top pick overall in the 2020 NBA draft.
Memphis says Wiseman was declared eligible by the NCAA in May. More information and investigation led to information that Hardaway, who was then coach of East High School, gave $11,500 in moving expenses to help Wiseman's family move from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017. Hardaway took over at Memphis last season.
Wiseman played for East High as a junior and helped Hardaway win his third straight Tennessee Class AAA title.
The 7-foot-1 center scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Memphis' season-opening win Tuesday against South Carolina State.