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NCAA Rules potential number 1 overall pick ineligible

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Potential No. 1 overall pick James Wiseman ruled ineligible at Memphis	
				Joe Rondone  The Commercial Appeal

"We support James' right to challenge the NCAA ruling on this matter".

The NCAA has ruled Memphis freshman forward/center James Wiseman ineligible to play this season, according to his lawyers.

Memphis said Wiseman - the potential No. 1 pick in the National Basketball Association draft next June - was declared eligible by the NCAA in May but further details and investigation found Hardaway gave $11,500 in moving expenses to help Wiseman's family move from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017.

Wiseman scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Memphis' 97-64 victory Tuesday night over South Carolina State in the season-opener.

Scouting reports tout Wiseman's mobility and developed mid-range shot, as well as his hustle and instincts.

Wiseman is a five-star recruit that entered the 2019-2020 season as one of the top 2020 NBA Draft prospects, with many experts projecting him as possibly going No. 1 overall. That qualifies Hardaway as a booster, in the NCAA's terms.

"The University is now 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. Well, it turns out that he's actually ineligible to play this year.

Wiseman was the centerpiece of Memphis' star-studded No. 1 recruiting class Hardaway signed this past offseason.

For now though, it doesn't sound like we'll see James Wiseman on the court at Memphis anytime soon.

At the time, Hardaway was the coach of East High School.

The university said Friday (per college basketball reporter Andy Katz) that a temporary restraining order issued by a Tennessee judge allows Wiseman to stay on the court for the time being.

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