Published: Sat, November 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Memphis Tigers star James Wiseman drops lawsuit against the NCAA

Memphis Tigers star James Wiseman drops lawsuit against the NCAA

"It has become clear to Mr. Wiseman that the lawsuit he filed last week has become an impediment to the University of Memphis in it's efforts to reach a fair and equitable resolution with the NCAA concerning his eligibility status", the law form of Ballin, Ballin, Fishman, and Farese, Farese, and Farese said in a statement.

This, in turn, triggered a lawsuit by Wiseman's attorneys that secured a hold against the NCAA's ruling, allowing Wiseman to play for Memphis as they hosted Illinois-Chicago on November 8. Hardaway was considered a university booster at the time thanks to a previous donation he made to the school, so his payment to Wiseman - a potential recruiting target for the basketball team - is considered an "impermissible benefit".

James Wiseman has withdrawn his lawsuit against the NCAA, and Memphis has declared him ineligible to play, the school announced Thursday.

Five-star center James Wiseman has dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA and Memphis and will await a resolution on his eligibility, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Wiseman is a freshman at Memphis and a candidate to be the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. Moments after that announcement, Memphis said it had declared him ineligible and had applied for his reinstatement. Pending that notification, Wiseman will be withheld from competition but will continue to practice with the team.

Wiseman stepped into the national spotlight - with the support of the University of Memphis - by standing up against the NCAA in the courts.

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Until such a resolution is secured, Wiseman will not play in any more games (he also played vs. OR last week) but will be allowed to practice with the team, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello.

"The NCAA is fully aware of the unique nature and challenges in this particular case, and the University is confident that the NCAA will render a fair and equitable decision consistent with its mission".

Now seven days and two games after obtaining the restraining order, Wiseman's fate is in the hands of the NCAA - like all those before him.

According to the lawsuit, Wiseman was initially cleared for freshman eligibility in May.

One part of the school's statement suggests the penalty might be more lenient, perhaps because Wiseman's options were limited by the NCAA - according to Wiseman's attorneys - being aware of the payment and still clearing him to compete months in advance of the university's fall term.

A 7-1 center originally from Nashville, Wiseman is averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds for Tigers 2-1. In a highly unusual move, the university ignored the NCAA's decree and chose to play its star in both of its games since.

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