Wiseman has dropped his lawsuit.
Memphis basketball's star freshman James Wiseman has dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, and the university has dropped its cause.
James Wiseman has withdrawn his lawsuit against the NCAA, indicating a settlement could be in the works. "Keep The Faith, Trust God, Continue on my Path, My Story isn't Finished", it reads.
Wiseman posted a brief message on Twitter shortly before noon Thursday.
"In order to move the matter forward, the University has declared James ineligible and will immediately apply for his reinstatement", the university's statement said.
Memphis also announced it would apply for his reinstatement by the NCAA.
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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.
Wiseman and the university had essentially thumbed their nose at the NCAA. The lawsuit was filed to obtain a temporary emergency restraining order against the NCAA, which would effectively allow him to continue playing for Memphis until they reached the next step in the legal process. After the legal action, the Tigers proudly put Wiseman at center stage in the starting lineup of a rout of Illinois-Chicago.
Wiseman, who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, played in the Tigers' first three games this season, averaging 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and three blocks.
NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn declined to comment Thursday when contacted by The Associated Press about Wiseman's case. The NCAA made it clear with Wiseman on the court soon after the temporary restraining order was granted that the association had told Memphis the freshman was "likely ineligible".
A part of the school's statement suggests that the fine could be more lenient, perhaps because Wiseman's options were limited by the NCAA, according to Wiseman's lawyers, being aware of the payment and still authorizing him to compete months before the period of autumn of the university. But the university and head coach Penny Hardaway made a decision to play him anyway. Wiseman is the team's most lethal asset despite the fact that his team features a number of top-ranked recruits from this year's class. Hardaway, a Memphis alum, was considered a booster due to a $1 million donation he gave the school in 2008 to build a sports Hall of Fame.
Now the case is in the hands of the NCAA. That would make Hardaway's 2017 gift to the player's family impermissible under guidelines for boosters.