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James Wiseman leaves Memphis, begins 2020 NBA Draft prep

James Wiseman of the Memphis Tigers looks on against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during a game on November 5, 2019 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images

Memphis Tigers freshman James Wiseman has left the school to begin preparations for the 2020 NBA Draft, according to NBA reporter Shams Charania. He will sign with an agent and forego his remaining eligibility.

The NCAA had suspended Wiseman for accepting improper benefits when Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway helping him and his family move back in 2008. Wiseman initially filed a lawsuit to be allowed to play, but later dropped it and began his suspension.

The NCAA eventually cleared him to compete starting January 12th, which would have completed a 12-game suspension. At the time of his suspension, Wiseman had played three games and was averaging 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds. The Tigers were 2-1 in those games, and have won seven straight since Wiseman was first suspended.

Wiseman is among the favorites to go No. 1 overall in next summer’s draft. Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, and Cole Anthony are among the other candidates to go first overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.