Wiseman withdraws from Memphis, enters 2020 NBA Draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

James Wiseman — who was considered the best player in college basketball — is no longer at Memphis. He has withdrawn from the school.

Wiseman — who is also a top prospect for the 2020 NBA Draft — said that he is now turning his focus to the upcoming draft in June. ESPN’s latest mock draft has Wiseman has the third-best player.

Memphis Tigers center James Wiseman attempting a shot against the South Carolina State Bulldogs
James Wiseman attempting a shot against the South Carolina State Bulldogs (Photo by Memphis Tigers Athletic Department)

“I formally withdrew from the University of Memphis and I will be preparing for the next chapter of my life,” Wiseman said in an Instagram post. “Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. Throughout this process, I’ve asked God to ordain my steps and lead me in the right direction. God is my lord and salvation, and throughout this process, he has comforted me.

“This was not how I expected my freshman season to be, but I’m thankful for everyone, who has supported my family and me throughout this process. I want to thank the coaches and staff for all their support and my teammates for pushing me everyday at practice. I feel blessed for the opportunity to be a Tiger and for having the honor to play with these special group of guys. I can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this season. The friends and fans of Tiger Nation will always hold a place in my heart.”

The NCAA previously suspended Wiseman through January 9. He was eligible to return on Jan. 12.

The governing body ruled that he received money from a booster when his current head coach Penny Hardaway — who was also his high school head coach — helped the Wiseman family relocate to Memphis, Tennessee. Hardaway gave the family $11,500 to assist in the moving expenses.

However, due to a $1 million donation to Memphis in 2008, Hardaway was ruled a booster by the NCAA.


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