NCAA Suspends James Wiseman For 12 Games

Memphis' star freshman will be out until mid-January

Reiter Than You
November 21, 2019 - 8:16 am
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The NCAA has suspended Memphis freshman James Wiseman for 12 games stemming from two violations: Wiseman’s mother accepted $11,500 from Penny Hardaway in the summer of 2017, and Wiseman played in three games this season while ineligible.

He will be eligible to play Jan. 12 against South Florida.


“A little bit surprised,” Jeff Goodman said on Reiter Than You. “I thought Memphis would work with the NCAA and they would come with some agreement where he didn’t have to serve a 12-game suspension. It really should have been nine, but they played him in those three games when basically the NCAA is saying, ‘You shouldn’t have, and you did.’”

Goodman said Wiseman’s punishment is in line with other violations. BYU’s Nick Emery, for example, was suspended for nine games in 2018 for accepting $12,000.

“It’s always the equivalent of a certain money value,” Goodman said. “Listen, he broke the rules. We know that. He took money, his family took money from Penny Hardaway when Hardaway was his high school coach – recruiting him to be his high school coach at Memphis East and also his AAU coach. So it is what it is. Do I completely agree with it? No, because frankly a lot of kids are getting a lot from their AAU coaches and their high school coaches whether it be for moving expenses, whether it be for their electric bill, or whether it be some money for food or whatever.”

Wiseman is averaging a team-high 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds for No. 16 Memphis (4-1).

Click below to listen to Goodman’s interview in its entirety.