The scandal is freaky and complex but boils down to this. the NCAA claims ex-NBA star Penny Hardaway provided $11,500 in moving expenses to Wiseman's family in 2017.
Memphis attorney Leslie Ballin announced that the NCAA ruled Wiseman ineligible after it learned Memphis coach Penny Hardaway helped finance Wiseman and his family move to Memphis in high school.
Notable college basketball insider Jeff Goodman then added more specifics when he tweeted "James Wiseman moved from Nashville to Memphis and played for Penny Hardaway at Memphis East his junior and senior years in high school". In his debut, Wiseman posted 28 points and 11 rebounds in the Tigers' season-opening win against South Carolina State on Tuesday.
Scouting reports tout Wiseman's mobility and developed mid-range shot, as well as his hustle and instincts.
James Wiseman in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, in Memphis, Tenn.
"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.
Memphis freshman James Wiseman was ruled ineligible by the NCAA but still took the floor in the Tigers' home game Friday night after a Memphis court granted Memphis a temporary restraining order against the NCAA's decision.
For now though, it doesn't sound like we'll see James Wiseman on the court at Memphis anytime soon.
Wiseman was the centerpiece of Memphis' star-studded No. 1 recruiting class Hardaway signed this past offseason. Hardaway is considered to be a booster for the program after donating money to the school in 2008.