Last week, the NCAA decided how many games it would suspend James Wiseman for the financial help he received from Penny Hardaway.
Earlier this month, the college basketball world was shocked to learn Wiseman was ruled ineligible to play. He managed to play in two more games thanks to an emergency temporary restraining order.
However, he eventually withdrew his lawsuit against the NCAA and was hit with a 12-game suspension. The NCAA also announced that Wiseman must donate $11,500 – the amount of money he received from Hardaway – to a charity of his choice.
Wiseman and Memphis appealed the decision with little hope of winning. On Wednesday afternoon, the NCAA announced his suspension has been upheld.
“The Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement upheld the staff decision regarding University of Memphis student-athlete James Wiseman. He is eligible to return to competition on January 12,” the statement read.
Wiseman decision upheld by membership committee: pic.twitter.com/p1foALnB4w
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 27, 2019
Wiseman was the No. 1 recruit in the 2019 class and is expected to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA draft. Without Wiseman on the floor, the Tigers have done well in the past three games.
Memphis is 3-0 since losing the star forward, but will face a major test in just over two weeks when the Tigers travel to Tennessee for a battle with the Volunteers.