Memphis big man and potential No. 1 NBA draft pick James Wiseman will take in part in a hearing to determine his NCAA eligibility, per attorney Randy Fishman to John Martin of The Athletic.
"The wheels of justice are moving right along," Fishman said.
When asked whether he felt confident about Wiseman being ruled eligible, Fishman told Martin, "We wouldn't have filed the lawsuit if we didn't feel confident."
On Friday, attorney Leslie Ballin told reporters that Wiseman, who dropped 28 points and 11 rebounds in his collegiate debut versus South Carolina State on Tuesday, was declared ineligible by the NCAA:
Mark Giannotto @mgiannotto
James Wiseman was ruled ineligible by NCAA on Nov. 5 after initially ruling him eligible in May. Per Wiseman’s attorney, NCAA alleges that Penny Hardaway paid for “thousands” of dollars in moving expenses when Wiseman moved from Nashville to Memphis in HS. Wiseman now suing NCAA.
However, Ballin said a Shelby County judge put a hold on the NCAA's ruling pending further litigation, per Mark Giannotto and Jason Munz of the Commercial Appeal. That meant Wiseman was eligible to play Friday at home versus the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The NCAA's ineligibility decision runs counter to their call in May on the same issue, as Wiseman was declared eligible and expected to suit up for the Tigers.
However, the Associated Press reported that "more information and investigation led to information that Hardaway, who was then coach of East High School, gave $11,500 in moving expenses."
Jon Garcia of the Commercial Appeal reported that the help occurred in 2017, when Hardaway was the coach of East High School in Memphis.
According to Garcia, the issue is that the NCAA considered Hardaway a booster, defined by the NCAA as one who "plays a role in providing student-athletes with a positive experience through their enthusiastic efforts."
Per Garcia, "boosters are not permitted to encourage a prospect's participation in a particular university's athletics, or provide benefits to prospects that were not previously provided."
Dana O'Neil of The Athletic provided additional context:
The Wiseman decision brought forth a host of critics on Twitter, including ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Bomani Jones:
Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith
It’s official. The @NCAA is a damn travesty. This kid Wiseman is ineligible — after already starting the season — because COACH Penny Hardaway is a booster? This is straight B.S. no wonder @KingJames and so many others are so against the NCAA. Hey @NBA, I’ve got an idea:
Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith
Go ahead afterall and add a 3rd round in the @NBA draft. Just make sure to create a route where kids can finish their education, plus have an insurance policy for potential injuries. Enough with the @NCAA. They just need to go. They make me so sick. Why’d the kid start the season
The news also comes after another high-profile college sports star, Ohio State football defensive end Chase Young, will sit against Maryland on Saturday as the NCAA investigates a loan he received from a family friend in 2018, per ESPN's Mark Schlabach.