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NBA Draft news: Potential No. 1 pick James Wiseman ruled ineligible for 2019-20 season

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The college basketball season just got a lot stranger, as Memphis Tigers big man James Wiseman has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Expected to be a top NBA Draft pick in 2020, this is a big blow to Penny Hardaway and company.

There’s a lot to unpack here, so buckle up, friends:

It needs to be made clear that the “2008” part in the original Woj report is a typo. If that were true, James Wiseman would have been seven. He later clarified it in a separate tweet to let the world know he meant 2018.

But wait… there’s more!

The former No. 1 overall recruit in the 2019 class is now suing the NCAA:

At the time of this writing, it is not yet known of Penny Hardaway will get any additional sanctions other than losing his top player.

It’s worth noting, before all of this, the NCAA did rule Wiseman eligible while previously reviewing a similar set of circumstances (or, maybe, the same but without as much “proof” at the time).

Nevertheless, as a college basketball loving couldn’t care any less about if Hardaway helping a kid move to Memphis, the NCAA just made one of its money-sports measurably worse.

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