Memphis freshman, No. 1 basketball recruit of 2019, ruled ineligible by NCAA, receives injunction to play
Memphis received a bombshell of a setback on Friday evening, just minutes before its tipoff against UIC at home.
James Wiseman, the top recruit in the country that committed to the Tigers over a host of major college programs, has been ruled ineligible to play, according to his lawyers. That is due to the fact that Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway helped Wiseman and family move to the city from Nashville, meaning that Hardaway would then be considered a booster.
Thanks to a last-minute injunction, though, the ruling won’t take effect right away and the freshman can play against UIC on Friday. However, there is a chance that it could take effect before the No. 14 Tigers’ game against No. 15 Oregon this Tuesday and leave Wiseman off the court. In the meantime, Wiseman’s camp is set to appeal the overall ruling and have it completely overturned on the grounds that Wiseman wasn’t even considering the program when he moved.
The 7-foot-1 forward spurned offers from Kentucky and Vanderbilt, as well as Florida State and Kansas, to play for Hardaway and the Tigers. On Tuesday, he scored 28 points while adding 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in Memphis’ 97-64 win over South Carolina State.