The NCAA on Wednesday announced two penalties against Memphis freshman James Wiseman for his family receiving $11,500 from current Tigers coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, when Hardaway was coaching high school basketball in Memphis, and for playing in three games while ineligible.
The first: Wiseman must sit out the Tigers' next 11 games as part of a 12-game suspension (Memphis announced it was appealing the ban). The second, and perhaps the more Draconian one: Wiseman must repay that $11,500 in a donation to "a charity of his choice."
How, exactly, will Wiseman and/or his family will come up with the cash between now and whenever the NCAA wants the money to be paid? It may be unwise to speculate, given that outsiders don't know the Wiseman family's finances. It's not irrational, though, to think Wiseman will need to be careful with the sourcing, lest he again run afoul of the NCAA and put Hardaway's program in further jeopardy.
— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) November 20, 2019
Perhaps the NCAA will allow the 7-1 Wiseman to make the donation after he signs his first NBA contract next year. Wiseman is considered a lottery pick, and maybe even the top selection, so he would likely be able to afford it then. If the NCAA wants it done this season, however, that could be tough. (UPDATE: As SN's Mike DeCourcy notes, pointing to NCAA rules, Wiseman has "through the duration of his eligibility." The assumption, though, is that he will enter the NBA Draft next spring.)
As always, the internet has some friendly advice, and a warning of sorts:
He better donate it to the James Wiseman foundation https://t.co/xaDoKRSGgJ
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 20, 2019
Wiseman is going to need to make a longtime close family friend quick!
— Joe Boggs (@joeboggs1) November 20, 2019
I hope Wiseman takes out a loan from a family friend to pay for this mandatory donation punishment https://t.co/09vxqR4ftM
— Will Bracher (@WillBracher) November 20, 2019