Memphis freshman center James Wiseman announced via Instagram that he will not be enrolling in classes for the second semester at Memphis. The decision comes after Wiseman was suspended for 12 games due to NCAA violations occurring when he was in high school involving his coach at the time Penny Hardaway, who now is the head coach at Memphis. In three games this season he averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3 blocks in 23 minutes per game. He was a force on the inside and his length and athleticism made him an instant impact player on both sides of the floor. This is a big loss for a Tigers team that was coming into their own and developing well without their star on the floor, while many saw them as a dark horse pick in this years tournament with Wiseman, they will likely not be considered a contender going forward.
As for his draft stock, Wiseman has long been talked about as the potential #1 overall pick in the 2020 draft and that should not change given the decision. The freshman has stated he intends to hire an agent so there is little chance for a reversal on his decision at this time. Wiseman showed enough on the high school level as well as his short time in Memphis to validate his potential top three selection status, and while it is possible that other players can jump him on teams boards, it is unlikely that he falls outside of the top five or so picks this year. If an NBA team needs a center it is almost certain that he will be the first off of the board at his position, but he could slide a few spots if executives feel his game is not a fit. We currently have Wiseman going #1 overall in our 2020 mock draft.