And-Ones: Wiseman, One-And-Dones, Australia, Kings

Memphis center James Wiseman lost several games of his college career because of the aggressive stance that he and the university took with the NCAA, writes Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News. The potential top pick in next year’s draft has been suspended for an additional 11 games and won’t take the court until mid-January, although the university plans to file an appeal.

DeCourcy states that Wiseman likely could have been playing before Christmas if he hadn’t elected to challenge the NCAA’s authority in the case. When the original penalty was announced, Wiseman filed a lawsuit against the organization and obtained a restraining order that enabled him to play against UIC and Oregon. Memphis president David Rudd and athletic director Laird Veatch were both vocal in their support of Wiseman’s suit, with Veatch saying, “It is clear to me in my short time here that Memphians will stand up and fight, both for each other and for what is right, and I am proud to stand with them.”

Wiseman’s suspension will total 12 games — nine for the amount of money that Tigers coach Penny Hardaway gave his family for moving expenses, and three more to cover the games he has played. In addition, Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated is reporting that the NCAA has threatened a major infractions case against Memphis.

Here are a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world:

  • Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated identifies five freshmen who have put themselves into consideration for one-and-done status with their early-season play. The players are Isaac Okoro of Auburn, Samuell Williamson of Louisville, Onyeka Okongwu of USC, Jahmi’us Ramsey of Texas Tech and Zeke Nnaji of Arizona. Woo adds that NBA executives still see the 2020 draft class as underwhelming.
  • The presence of potential lottery picks LaMelo Ball and R.J. Hampton has lifted Australia’s National Basketball League to a new level of popularity, relays Bill Shea of The Athletic. With its Next Stars program, the NBL is offering an alternative to the NCAA for young players.
  • In an entertaining story, Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN examines how former Kings chief revenue officer Jeff David was able to embezzle $13MM before being caught.
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2 thoughts on “And-Ones: Wiseman, One-And-Dones, Australia, Kings

  1. Tazza

    Wiseman should go to the NBL. The season in almost half way through (8/20) and he would’ve got to play some college games some professional and show his worth against boys and men. Plus he could earn some money doing so.

    South East Melbourne could be a good fit, they have Mitch Creek on the wing, who’s leading the league in points and is also rebounding well. John Roberson is in top 5 for assists. Wiseman could be the big man they need to get to the next level.
    Another potential for could be Adelaide 36ers who have former MVP Jerome Randle and a good big in Daniel Johnson, Johnson can shoot pretty well tho so opposing teams could have trouble against two mobile shooting bigs and a really good PG.

  2. x%sure

    Great job, Memphis administrators. The national TV execs appreciate your efforts for their ad sales.

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