James Wiseman, Memphis star freshman, ruled ineligible by NCAA

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James Wiseman, the top prospect in Memphis basketball’s ballyhooed No. 1 recruiting class, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA earlier this week, his Memphis-based attorney, Leslie Ballin announced Friday evening. 

However, in a saga that played out in real time just before the Tigers’ Friday night game against Illinois-Chicago, Ballin said Wiseman was granted an injunction by a Shelby County Judicial Court judge that put the NCAA’s ineligibility decision on hold pending further litigation.

Wiseman then arrived at FedExForum at 5:17 p.m., less than 45 minutes before Memphis was scheduled to tip off its second game of the 2019-20 season, and was announced in the starting lineup.

The NCAA responded to the court’s injunction, issuing the following statement: “The University of Memphis was notified that James Wiseman is likely ineligible. The university chose to play him and ultimately is responsible for ensuring its student-athletes are eligible to play.”





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