On Friday afternoon, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed the NCAA ruled former No. 1 overall recruit James Wiseman ineligible.
According to the report, the NCAA ruled the former five-star ineligible after Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway allegedly helped finance his family’s move to Memphis. The move happened before Hardaway was the head coach at Memphis, but the NCAA still classified him as a “booster.”
However, a new report revealed Wiseman is set to play in the Tigers’ game against Illinois-Chicago.
According to a report from college basketball insider Jeff Borzello, Wiseman will play tonight “based on an emergency temporary restraining order issued late today by the courts.”
Memphis announces that James Wiseman will play tonight "based on an emergency temporary restraining order issued late today by the courts."
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 8, 2019
ESPN revealed a Shelby County court judge halted the NCAA’s ruling for the time being.
Memphis issued a statement about the NCAA’s ruling. “The University is currently working with the NCAA staff to restore his playing status, and we are hopeful for a speedy resolution to the matter,” Memphis said in a statement.
Wiseman is one of the top prospects in the upcoming NBA draft. He was the No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school – where he played for Hardaway.
In his first game, Wiseman racked up 28 points and 11 rebounds.
Stay tuned for the latest.