Wiseman sat out Memphis' last game - a 102-56 win over Alcorn State - thus allowing his punishment moving forward to be an 11-game suspension.
In addition to the suspension, the NCAA said Wiseman must donate the $11,500 to a charity of his choice.
Memphis said it will appeal the decision. We expect a more fair and equitable resolution, and we will exhaust all avenues on James' behalf.
But the best way for Memphis to emerge from life without Wiseman with as little damage as possible is to feed Achiuwa, the other McDonald's All-American and projected lottery pick on the roster. "There's nothing I can do about it". He will be cleared to play January 12 against South Florida.
The NCAA said Wiseman was likely ineligible on November 8, prompting the basketball star's attorney to file a restraining order, allowing Wiseman to play in three games with the Tigers.
The benefit was impermissible because of Hardaway's status as a Memphis booster. His first game back will be when the Tigers visit South Florida.
The NCAA has suspended Memphis Tigers big man James Wiseman for 11 games, the organization revealed. Nobody else on the roster can do what Wiseman can do, or impact the game the way he does. He will miss high-profile non-conference games vs.
The freshman also will miss the first two games of league play in the American Athletic Conference - pending Memphis' appeal. Hardaway was not the Tigers' coach at the time, but later coached Wiseman in AAU and at Memphis East High School (Hardaway, a former National Basketball Association star, was considered a Memphis booster because he donated $1 million to help the school to build an athletic hall of fame in 2008).
The NCAA forbids boosters from offering financial assistance to any players. Memphis then applied for his reinstatement by the NCAA.
It's pretty easy to see why so many people have issues with the NCAA.
The alleged payment occurred prior to Hardaway becoming the head coach at Memphis. The university said in a statement that Wiseman didn't know about the money given to his family. He became the head coach of Memphis in the spring of 2018, replacing Tubby Smith.