I’m baffled, I’m distraught, I’m flabergasted, I’m simply at a loss for words .
Former No. 1 recruit, possible No. 1 draft pick, and Memphis star freshman James Wisemen must sit out a total of 12 games.
He was declared ineligible earlier this year by the NCAA in relation to moving and relocation costs that were given to Wiseman’s family by Penny Hardaway, who is Wiseman’s former high school, AAU coach and current college coach at Memphis, in 2017.
Look I get that part of the suspension. Penny Hardaway gave the kid some money to move and was helping him out, I understand it. But the second part of the suspension is what I don’t get.
WISEMAN WILL ALSO HAVE TO DONATE $11,500 TO A CHARITY OF HIS CHOICE.
I’ll say it again for the people in the back. THE NCAA DECIDED THAT JAMES WISEMAN, A COLLEGE STUDENT WHO MAKES NO MONEY, MUST PAY $11,500 TO A CHARITY OF HIS CHOICE.
Absolutely nuts right? Like the NCAA wants a freshman basketball player to pull $11,500 out of his pocket and give it to a charity of his choice. They are pretty much just saying we don’t care who you give it to, you just can’t have it.
They are way off base here and they completely missed on this ruling. I would’ve been okay with just the suspension but the fact that he has to pay $11,500 to a charity is completely ridiculous. Like how do you expect a freshman, who obviously needed help in the first place, to make a donation like that.
I just don’t get it and well, Twitter didn’t either yesterday when the news first broke.
Yea I’m just as confused as these guys. I’m just really confused as to what the NCAA was trying to accomplish here.
Anyway, Wiseman will be eligible to return to the Tigers on January 12 and will still have the opportunity to play in the NCAA tournament. Can’t wait to watch that.