Memphis forward James Wiseman, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2019 class and potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, played in the Tigers’ 92-46 win over Illinois-Chicago on Friday night after a local court granted him a hold on the NCAA’s ruling that would have ruled him ineligible.
Following the team’s victory, head coach Penny Hardaway addressed the recent news surrounding his top-recruit, saying on ESPNU that the decision to play Wiseman Friday was “up to the school.”
“We’re just going to go about it legally moving forward,” he added. “James has a right to do what he did, and we’re moving forward from it.”
When asked about the NCAA’s statement—which said the “university chose to play [Wiseman] and ultimately is responsible for ensuring its student-athletes are eligible to play”—Hardaway responded, “no comment.”
Wiseman finished the Tigers’ 46-point win with 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks.
“I think he did well,” Hardaway said on the ESPNU broadcast. “Obviously he was a great defender, rim protector. Did what we needed him to do. Didn’t get as many shots up. He was 4-for-4, but he drew a lot of fouls and he protected the paint.”
No. 14 Memphis’ next game comes Tuesday when it visits No. 15 Oregon at the Moda Center. Tipoff is set for 9 p.m. ET.