James Wiseman has retired from Memphis and will join the 2020 NBA Draft, the former Memphis announced on Instagram today.
The top recruit in the class of 2019, Wiseman has always been considered a potential college player, but his career as a Tiger took a turn after three games, when the NCAA called for his mother because of a loan from Memphis coach. Penny Hardaway. After a long, public fight, Wiseman received a 12-game suspension. His announcement on Thursday came before this suspension was fully served.
BACKGROUND REPORT: Will James Wiseman Go No. 1 in the 2020 NBA Draft?
Wiseman will be considered as the likely option no. 1 in the 2020 draft. The 7-foot-1 gave up 19.7 points in his three games at Memphis, doing nothing to reduce the stock he had entered college. However, because it has a relatively short game movie, the combination of the NBA and team workouts is likely to gain added importance compared to many top drafts.
For Memphis, Wiseman’s previous suspension should soften the blow. No. 11 The Tigers already had to adjust to not have Wiseman, and haven’t lost since he started sitting outside.