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Penny Hardaway says James Wiseman will proceed to play for Memphis whereas eligibility case proceeds

James Wiseman will stay on the courtroom for Memphis regardless of doubts about his NCAA eligibility, Tigers coach Penny Hardaway mentioned Friday night time.

“He’ll proceed to play,” Hardaway advised reporters after Memphis’ dwelling victory over Illinois-Chicago.

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Hours earlier, a decide in Memphis issued a brief restraining order permitting Wiseman to swimsuit up, after Wiseman sued the NCAA and Memphis over the NCAA’s willpower that the 7-1 freshman was “seemingly ineligible” due to recruiting violations. The matter is now topic to additional litigation, the (Memphis) Industrial Attraction reported.

“James has a proper to do what he did,” Hardaway mentioned in an interview with ESPNU previous to his assembly with reporters.

The eligibility problem stems from Hardaway giving Wiseman’s mom, Donzaleigh Artis, $11,500 for transferring bills in 2017 as Wiseman’s household relocated from Nashville to Memphis. Hardaway was teaching highschool basketball in Memphis on the time. Wiseman performed one season for Hardaway at East Excessive earlier than following him to the College of Memphis in November 2018. Wiseman was the No. 1 recruit within the nation when he signed with the Tigers.

The NCAA considers Hardaway a Memphis booster due to his $1 million donation to the college in 2008, the Industrial Attraction famous. That might make his fee to Wiseman’s mom improper underneath NCAA guidelines.

Memphis mentioned in a press release Friday night that the NCAA cleared Wiseman to play final Could after a joint investigation by the affiliation and the college. Based on Wiseman’s lawsuit, the NCAA advised Memphis on Oct. 31 that “sure recruiting violations had taken place” based mostly on an interpretation of its bylaws. 

Wiseman, who’s seen as a possible No. 1 general choose within the 2020 NBA Draft, has performed in every of Memphis’ first two video games this season. He’s averaging 22.5 factors and rebounds after Tigers wins over South Carolina State and Illinois-Chicago.

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