James Wiseman’s high school coach Penny Hardaway stripped of title
East High School (Memphis, Tennessee) was stripped of its 2018 championship for recruiting violations in the pursuit of James Wiseman, according to the Commercial call from Memphis.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association ordered the school to void all wins in Wiseman’s two seasons on the team. The TSSAA also fined the school $14,807.56, which includes playoff earnings. Wiseman and East High School won the championship in 2018 and reached the championship game again in 2019.
Wiseman was widely considered one of the best players in the Class of 2019 throughout his high school career. He played for the Penny team in the 2017 AAU summer season, then signed up for East High in August 2017, which was then coached by Penny Hardaway. Hardaway became the University of Memphis coach in 2018, ahead of Wiseman’s senior season – a year in which the star center was considered by many to be the No. 1 player in the class and was named a national player. Gatorade Boys Basketball of the Year.
Wiseman followed Hardaway to Memphis but was ruled ineligible after appearing in just three games when the NCAA found Hardaway provided Wiseman’s mother with $11,500 in support for moving expenses for the relocation and move in 2017 as Wiseman transferred from Ensworth School (Nashville, Tennessee) to East High in Memphis. By making the payment, Wiseman acted as a reminder, the NCAA said.
The TSSAA found that the payment was also a violation of its high school recruiting rules. The association sent a letter to East High on August 24, 2022, outlining the school’s violation and punishment. The letter was obtained by commercial appeal.
All of the school wins Wiseman appeared in were retroactively nullified. Championship wins were overturned. The school was fined $100 for every game Wiseman appeared in, totaling $6,600, and an additional $8,200 the amount the high school earned in earnings from the TSSAA Championship Series in which Wiseman played. play.
Hardaway released a statement to the trade call which read:
“I am disappointed to learn of this decision. However, that does not erase the lives that were changed and the positive impacts on our young people that took place during my time at East High School.
Wiseman was drafted No. 2 overall by the Golden State Warriors in 2020. He played 39 games as a rookie and missed the entire 2021-22 season with a torn meniscus in his right knee suffered during the 2020-21 season.
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