MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis center James Wiseman says he has withdrawn from school as the likely NBA lottery pick gets ready to begin his pro career.
The 7-foot-1 freshman said Thursday in an Instagram post that he was leaving school to start â€œpreparing for the next chapter of my life.â€ Wiseman added that â€œever since I was a little kid, itâ€™s been a dream of mine to play in the NBA.â€
Wiseman is considered the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft.
This decision ends Wisemanâ€™s tumultuous college career after only three games. Wiseman was the biggest prize in a Memphis recruiting class that was ranked as the nationâ€™s best, but he was serving an NCAA suspension for most of the season.
The NCAA suspended Wiseman 12 games because his family received $11,500 to assist in a move from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017. Although Hardaway wasnâ€™t Memphisâ€™ coach at the time, the NCAA ruled the payment wasnâ€™t allowed because he was acting as a booster.
Wiseman played in Memphisâ€™ first three games and averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. He would have been eligible to return to action for the 11th-ranked Tigers (9-1) on Jan. 12.
Memphis officials weren’t immediately available for comment.
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