Memphis, Penny Hardaway avoid serious penalties in NCAA's James Wiseman probe

Sep 27, 2022

The Memphis men's basketball program and its coach, Penny Hardaway, have avoided serious penalties in the NCAA investigation into the recruitment and eligibility of James Wiseman.

In the report released on Tuesday, the NCAA's Independent Resolution Panel (IRP) hit Memphis with three years of probation and a $5,000 fine for several Level II and Level III NCAA violations. Harsher punishments could have included a postseason ban for the program or a suspension for Hardaway.

The 18-month investigation mostly centered on James Wiseman, who was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, selected by the Golden State Warriors. He attended Memphis from 2019-20, but had ties to the school several years earlier through Hardaway. In 2017, Hardaway gave Wiseman's family $11,500 to help them move from Nashville to Memphis. While Hardaway wasn't the Memphis head coach at the time, he was a booster with close ties to the program.

Source: Yahoo Sports