James Wiseman’s five-figure donation may be tougher than NCAA suspension

first_imgHow, exactly, will Wiseman and/or his family will come up with the cash between now and whenever the NCAA wants the money to be paid?  It may be unwise to speculate, given that outsiders don’t know the Wiseman family’s finances. It’s not irrational, though, to think Wiseman will need to be careful with the sourcing, lest he again run afoul of the NCAA and put Hardaway’s program in further jeopardy.  The NCAA on Wednesday announced two penalties against Memphis freshman James Wiseman for his family receiving $11,500 from current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, when Hardaway was coaching high school basketball in Memphis, and for playing in three games while ineligible.The first: Wiseman must sit out the Tigers’ next 11 games as part of a 12-game suspension (Memphis announced it was appealing the ban). The second, and perhaps the more Draconian one: Wiseman must repay that $11,500 in a donation to “a charity of his choice.” Memphis’ James Wiseman cleared to compete Jan. 12: https://t.co/fKa4FKGGeB pic.twitter.com/HaI9h560xS— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 20, 2019DeCOURCY: Explaining Wiseman’s NCAA eligibility casePerhaps the NCAA will allow the 7-1 Wiseman to make the donation after he signs his first NBA contract next year. Wiseman is considered a lottery pick, and maybe even the top selection, so he would likely be able to afford it then. If the NCAA wants it done this season, however, that could be tough. (UPDATE: As SN’s Mike DeCourcy notes, pointing to NCAA rules, Wiseman has “through the duration of his eligibility.” The assumption, though, is that he will enter the NBA Draft next spring.)As always, the internet has some friendly advice, and a warning of sorts:He better donate it to the James Wiseman foundation https://t.co/xaDoKRSGgJ— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 20, 2019Wiseman is going to need to make a longtime close family friend quick!— Joe Boggs (@joeboggs1) November 20, 2019I hope Wiseman takes out a loan from a family friend to pay for this mandatory donation punishment https://t.co/09vxqR4ftM— Will Bracher (@WillBracher) November 20, 2019NCAA hoping Wiseman will borrow from a family friend like Chase Young so they can suspend him again is honestly next level. NCAA playing chess and we’re all playing checkers https://t.co/wcWPfUFKx4— Nick deVries (@Ndevries9) November 20, 2019last_img

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *