Projected First Overall Pick Leaves Memphis to Prepare for NBA Draft
Projected first overall pick for the upcoming NBA Draft is done dealing with the NCAA.
After receiving a 12-game ban by the NCAA due to eligibility issues, Wiseman has opted to leave school in order to prepare for the 2020 Draft. Wiseman made the Memphis coaching staff aware of his decision in recent days.
Potential No. 1 pick James Wiseman of Memphis has left the university, will sign with an agent and begin preparing for 2020 NBA draft.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 19, 2019
The 7-foot-1 center averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks per game in his short-lived collegiate career. He announced his decision earlier today on his Instagram.
His caption stated the following: “Today I formally withdrew from the University of Memphis and I will be preparing for the next chapter of my life. Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. Throughout this process, I’ve asked God to ordain my steps and lead me in the right direction. God is my lord and salvation, and throughout this process he has comforted me. This was not how I expected my freshman season to be, but I’m thankful for everyone who has supported my family and me throughout this process. I want to thank the coaches and staff for all their support and my teammates for pushing me everyday at practice. I feel blessed for the opportunity to be a Tiger and for having the honor to play with these special group of guys. I can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this season. The friends and fans of Tiger Nation will always hold a place in my heart.”
Wiseman is atop most draft boards and is expected to fall within the top-five despite sitting out the majority of the collegiate season.