The NCAA has upheld James Wiseman’s 12-game suspension and $11.5K required donation after Memphis appealed the original ruling, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets. Wiseman took to his Twitter to comment on the situation:
“Sometimes bad things happen to good people. God has never left me nor forsaken me throughout this process! God knows my destiny and I feel that even though hardships may be upon me! It too shall pass in the Grace of God. My journey isn’t finished, and this too shall pass.”
Wiseman, who is expected to be a top-three pick in the 2020 NBA draft, has only seen action in three contests so far, as he has been sitting out while awaiting the results of the appeal. The NCAA handed Wiseman this punishment “based on recruiting inducements his family received before he enrolled at Memphis and for competing in three games while he was ineligible,” the NCAA stated in its release.
The center was ruled ineligible on November 8, but was granted an “emergency temporary restraining order” and played that night against UIC. In his three games for Memphis, he has averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per night. He’s eligible to return on January 12 against South Florida.