NCAA gives Memphis freshman James Wiseman 11-game ban
The NCAA cleared heralded freshman James Wiseman to return to the basketball court Jan. 12.
Wiseman will sit out a total of 12 games under a decision announced by the NCAA.
The sports governing body also announced Wednesday that Wiseman must donate $11,500 to charity of his choice to regain his eligibility.
The University of Memphis issued a statement the NCAA informed school officials that Wiseman must sit out nine games for the infraction and three more for the games the freshman already has played this season.
“Based on case precedent, the circumstances of this case and other mitigating factors, the University will immediately appeal this decision,” Memphis said. “We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James’ behalf.”
Wiseman withdrew his lawsuit against the NCAA on Nov. 14 after Memphis played him in the Tigers’ first three games of the season. The 16th-ranked Tigers were 2-1 with the 7-foot-1 center on the court.
Once Wiseman withdrew his lawsuit, Memphis held him out of a win over Alcorn State while working to resolve his eligibility status with the NCAA. His first game back will be when the Tigers visit South Florida.
The NCAA had ruled Wiseman was “likely ineligible” because of $11,500 coach Penny Hardaway gave the center’s family for moving expenses from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017.