MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Wiseman had 17 factors and 9 rebounds hours after getting a brief restraining order to play amid an NCAA ineligibility ruling, main No. 14 Memphis previous Illinois-Chicago 92-46 on Friday night time.
Memphis stated Wiseman — the potential No. 1 decide within the NBA draft — was declared eligible by the NCAA in May however additional particulars and investigation by the college and the NCAA discovered coach Penny Hardaway gave $11,500 in shifting bills to assist Wiseman’s household transfer from Nashville to Memphis in the summertime of 2017. The college stated Wiseman didn’t know in regards to the cash given to his household.
At the time, Hardaway was the coach of East High School. Wiseman was a standout junior, serving to Hardaway win his third straight Tennessee Class AAA title earlier than being employed by Memphis as in March 2018. Wiseman dedicated to Memphis and Hardaway once more in November 2018.
Wiseman began and Memphis (2-0) instantly took a double-digit lead leaving the one doubt of the night time the standing of the 7-foot freshman who could possibly be the highest decide in subsequent summer time within the NBA draft.
There have been a number of hours of drama previous to tipoff. Less than two hours earlier than the sport, Wiseman’s lawyer, Leslie Ballin, introduced that the NCAA had dominated Wiseman ineligible. The decrease courtroom ruling reinstated him got here a short while later.
With the entire consideration on Wiseman, Boogie Ellis — one other freshman amongst coach Penny Hardaway’s extremely touted class — scored 22 factors. He made eight of his 11 photographs, going 6 of 9 from 3-point vary, and helped Memphis (2-0) shoot 59% for the sport.
Brian Taylor led Illinois-Chicago with 11 factors, and Godwin Boahen had 10. The Flames (1-1) shot 24% had 19 turnovers.
Illinois-Chicago: The Flames shot 20% within the first half and dedicated 13 turnovers to path by 31 factors. That fairly nicely put to relaxation any likelihood of an upset.
Memphis: While Memphis simply gained its second sport of the season, Wiseman’s standing and thus the influence on the Tigers was unsure.
Illinois-Chicago: Hosts Ball State on Wednesday night time.
Memphis: Plays Oregon in Portland subsequent Tuesday night time.