Memphis freshman James Wiseman has been suspended for 12 NCAA games and will be eligible to play Jan. 12 against South Florida. He has another 10 suspension games to serve after sitting out for Wednesday's win over Little Rock and Saturday's win over Alcorn State. other mitigating factors. "
" We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all the means for James & # 39 ;. James will not compete in the contest tonight, "the school said in a statement.
The penalty comes from two violations: Wiseman's mother receives $ 11,500 from Penny Hardaway in the summer, summer day of 2017, and Wiseman is playing in three games this season while he is not eligible.
After the NCAA announced its decision, Wiseman posted a message on his social media accounts : "God has not left me nor forsaken me in this process … Trust in God, Keep the Faith, Stay in this Course." The stigma found Hardaway's payment documentation to Wiseman's family in 2017. Memphis said with no knowledge of Wiseman's payment, which was used as a moving expense when Wiseman's family moved from Nashville to Memphis. At that time, Hardaway was head coach at East High School (Tennessee) and ran the Team Penny grassroots program. Wiseman played for Team Penny and enrolled at East High School.
Hardaway, a Memphis alum, is considered a follower because of a $ 1 million donation he gave to the school in 2008 to build a sports hall of fame. He will be head coach of Memphis in the spring of 2018, replacing Tubby Smith. Wiseman finally promised Memphis in Kentucky in November 2018, head of the Tigers & # 39; No. 1st-ranked recruiting class. Wiseman will play in two more games before Memphis has declared him unfit and has decided to dissuade him from the competition. The freshman star also dismissed the NCAA lawsuit he filed after being found ineligible. Memphis then applied for his NCAA relocation.
In addition to the suspension, the NCAA said that NobyA should donate $ 11,500 to a charity of its choice.
According to the NCAA payment guidelines, "Payment may be paid in full by a student's eligibility period, but must be completed before the last regular date of competition or student contest, student-athlete. "
The No. No. 1 prospect in the class of 2019 and the No. 1 prospect. 1 pick in the June draft, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in the three games he played.
The Caesars moved Memphis from 40/1 to 20/1 to claim the national title after news that Wiseman was reinstated in mid-January.
No. 16 Memphis (4-1) hosts Ole Miss (4-0) in its next game Saturday.