Memphis freshman James Wiseman has been suspended by 12 games by the NCAA and will be able to play January 12 against South Florida. He sat for Saturday's game, so he will only have to miss another 11 before he can return.
Memphis announced that it will appeal the NCAA's decision based on "case sermon, the circumstances of this case and other mitigating factors. " We expect a more equitable and just resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James on behalf. James will not compete in tonight's contest, "the school said in a statement.
The penalty stems from two violations: Wiseman's mother accepted $ 11,500 from Penny Hardaway in the summer of 201
Hardaway, a Memphis alum, was considered a booster at because of a $ 1 million donation he gave to the school in 2008 to build a gym, becoming head coach for Memph ice spring 2018 and replaced Tubby Smith. Wiseman Ultimate Nely committed to Memphis over Kentucky in November 2018, titled Tigers & # 39; No. 1-ranked recruiting class.
Wiseman was ruled ineligible earlier this month, but a Shelby County judge issued a restraining order for Wiseman to play. Wiseman would play for two more games before Memphis declared him ineligible and decided to keep him out of the contest. The New Year star also withdrew the lawsuit against the NCAA that he filed after becoming unjustified. Memphis then applied for his reinstatement of the NCAA.
In addition to the suspension, the NCAA also said that Wiseman must donate $ 11,500 to a charity of his choice.
Number 1 ranked the prospect in the class of 2019 and projected the No. 1 pick in the June draft of the NBA, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the three games he played.
No. 16 Memphis (3-1) hosts Little Rock on Wednesday.