NCAA announces punishment for Memphis star James Wiseman
The NCAA not only doesn’t allow players to make money (yet). It is now apparently actively taking money from players.
On Wednesday, the NCAA announced the punishment for Memphis center James Wiseman (the No. 1 overall player in the 2019 recruiting class and the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft) for allegedly accepting money from coach Penny Hardaway in order to move to Memphis.
Per NBA reporter Shams Charania, Wiseman will be suspended for 12 games and must donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice:
NCAA also says Wiseman "must donate $11,500 to a charity of his choice." Wiseman will be cleared to play on Jan. 12 at South Florida. https://t.co/PCNVC5V44u
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 20, 2019
That takes Wiseman out of a trio of SEC games against Ole Miss (this Saturday), Tennessee (Dec. 14) and Georgia (Jan. 4).
Memphis will reportedly appeal the punishment:
Memphis says in release it will appeal and that “we expect” a more fair and equitable resolution.
— L. Jason Smith (@JasonSmith929) November 20, 2019
We’ll see if this appeal changes anything.