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How the NCAA's Ineligibility Ruling Against Memphis' James Wiseman Could Play Out

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAA and University of Memphis Tigers freshman sensation James Wiseman, a projected top 3 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, are off to a rocky and litigious start.

On Friday, the NCAA communicated to Memphis officials that the 7’1" Wiseman is “likely ineligible” to play, possibly for the remainder of the ’19-20 college basketball season. Although the NCAA has not issued a final ruling on Wiseman, the NCAA appears to have determined that Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway paid for Wiseman and his family to move from Nashville to Memphis in 2017.