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Attorney: NCAA rules Memphis star James Wiseman ineligible but judge clears way for him to play – Commercial Appeal

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Jason Munz and Mark Giannotto


Memphis Commercial Appeal

Published 6:22 PM EST Nov 8, 2019

Memphis attorney Leslie Ballin announced Friday the Tigers’ star freshman James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA.

Ballin also said Friday that a Shelby County judge ruled to put a hold on the NCAA’s ruling, pending further litigation. Wiseman will be eligible to play Friday night vs. Illinois-Chicago.

Ballin told reporters that Memphis coach Penny Hardaway helped finance Wiseman and his family’s move to Memphis in 2017. Wiseman played for Hardaway at East High in 2017-18. Hardaway, who became the Tigers’ head coach before the 2018-19 season, signed Wiseman in November 2018. The NCAA cleared Wiseman in May.

Wiseman played in the season opener for Memphis on Tuesday, scoring 28 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

Last week, in response to reporters’ requests for clarification on Wiseman’s eligibility status, a university spokesman told The Commercial Appeal that Wiseman “received total clearance for freshman eligibility over the summer.”

This story will be updated.

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Reach sports writer Jason Munz at jason.munz@commercialappeal.com or on Twitter @munzly.

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