NCAA bans Memphis' Wiseman; judge issues stay

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The NCAA has ruled Memphis center James Wiseman ineligible, though the potential top pick in next year’s NBA draft will be able to play Friday night after a court issued a temporary restraining order.

Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017 provided $11,500 in moving expenses to aid the Wiseman family’s move to Memphis, the school said in a statement. The NCAA has deemed Hardaway a booster, Wiseman’s attorney Leslie Ballin said in a news conference.

However, a Shelby County court judge on Friday halted the NCAA’s ruling for the time being, making Wiseman eligible to play Friday night when the No. 14 Tigers host Illinois-Chicago.

Memphis said in a statement that the NCAA had declared Wiseman eligible in May, but months of investigation followed, ultimately finding documentation of the moving expenses.

“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,” the university’s statement said.

The 7-foot-1 Wiseman, who starred in Memphis’ season opener on Tuesday, was the top college basketball recruit in ESPN’s 2019 rankings and is the top player in ESPN’s rankings for the 2020 NBA Draft.

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