As the 2020 NBA Draft approaches, we look into one of the incoming rookies.
7 feet 1 inch Center from the Memphis Tigers, James Wiseman, is said to be one of the top 3 picks in this year’s NBA Draft.
The 240 pound Center began his high school at The Ensworth School in his hometown of Nashville. He then transferred to Memphis East High School, where he was coached by a former NBA star Penny Hardaway for his first year. Entering his senior year, Wiseman was a five-star recruit with most recruiting platforms ranking him number 1 in the class of 2019. In his final season of high school, he averaged 25.8 points, 14.8 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game.
He was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year and the Morgan Wooten National Player of the Year. He also went on to win the Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball award. Wiseman featured in the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit. He won all these accolades in his senior year.
In October of 2019, James Wiseman moved to the University of Memphis, to play for the Memphis Tigers. On 5th of November, Wiseman made his debut scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds with 3 blocks, all in 22 minutes of play.
Wiseman was announced that he would be ineligible to play for Memphis as Penny Hardaway had paid his family $11,5000 in moving expenses to move in the city of Memphis in 2017. But, on December 19th, 2019 Wiseman decided to leave Memphis and prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft, effectively ending his college career.
Wiseman is a 7’1″ player with a crazy 7’6″ wingspan. His standing reach is 9’6″, which is among the NBA’s best. He is projected to get drafted as one of the top three picks, or definitely till the 5th pick. He is compared to many NBA greats like Chris Bosh and Hasan Whiteside. He wi definitely be an asset to whichever team that drafts him.