According to a ruling filed with Memphis last week, Wiseman is not eligible because his family accepted $ 11,500 in moving expenses from the Tigers basketball legend Penny Hardaway, when Hardaway sponsored the Team Penny summer basketball club and trained the team in East High.
According to an announcement, Memphis Tigers star James Wiseman is dropping his lawsuit against the NCAA.
"University of Memphis student-athlete James Wiseman has chose to withdraw his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University".
The NCAA declared Wiseman, the projected No. 1 overall pick in next year's NBA Draft, ineligible on November 5. The team leader in points, rebounds and blocks will be able to practice with his team as the NCAA's investigation continues.
The NCAA responded by releasing a statement critical of Wiseman's decision, which was supported by Memphis' athletic department according to WMCA News' Kendall Downing, and seemed poised to head for a potential standoff with far-reaching implications. But Thursday morning, Wiseman's attorneys announced he withdrew his lawsuit, saying the legal action was not helping resolve the issue. On Nov. 5, Memphis was notified that Wiseman was likely ineligible.
Wiseman has become one of the most captivating, talked-about college basketball players in the last decade, but he would prefer to blend in as another talented tiger.
"The NCAA is fully aware of the unique nature and challenges in this particular case, and the University is confident that the NCAA will render a fair and equitable decision consistent with its mission", the school said in its statement. A Shelby County judge sided with Wiseman, issuing an order allowing him to play Friday against Illinois-Chicago. "There will be no further comment at this time", the statement said.
According to the lawsuit, Wiseman was initially cleared for freshman eligibility in May.
The assistance was ruled as an improper benefit by the NCAA after Hardaway donated to the school in 2008 as an alumnus, which made Wiseman ineligible to play as a result.
The NCAA may ask for the Tigers to vacate the win against the Ramblers, as Wiseman was an ineligible player in the game. He was also labeled a Memphis booster, which means - in the simplest of terms - the NCAA has alleged that a Memphis booster provided an impermissible benefit to the mother of a recruitable student-athlete who ultimately enrolled at Memphis, in violation of NCAA rules.