The coach also made clear that Wiseman will continue to play, at least until a November 18 hearing, and liked how the freshman handled a roller-coaster day.
A court order will allow Memphis freshman James Wiseman to continue playing college basketball in the near future, but one of the top prospects in next year's NBA draft could be facing the end of his NCAA career.
Wiseman scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Memphis' 97-64 victory Tuesday night over South Carolina State in the season-opener.
Scouting reports tout Wiseman's mobility and developed mid-range shot, as well as his hustle and instincts.
Rudd claims Memphis will accept accountability for established violations of NCAA bylaws but in addition "firmly supports James, Coach Hardaway and our men's basketball application" on this state of affairs.
"We didn't know that it was going to go that way", Memphis coach Penny Hardaway told ESPNU after the game.
James Wiseman had another dominant game for the No. 14 Memphis Tigers.
According to Wiseman's lawyers, the player was declared ineligible because current coach Penny Hardaway helped fund Wiseman's transfer to Memphis from Nashville in 2018. When asked how the Tigers would perform if Wiseman were, say, injured, Ellis said, "We got guys who would step up if we were without him". Following the move, Wiseman played for the high school team Hardaway coached at the time.
Wiseman's attorney, Leslie Ballin, announced the stunning news Friday evening, a little more than an hour before Memphis was set to play Illinois-Chicago at FedExForum. Wiseman played for Hardaway at Memphis' East High School in 2017-18, and then followed Hardaway to Memphis months after the Tigers legend took over the program in 2018.
Memphis skilled its 2007-08 time vacated by the NCAA, which included a nationwide runner-up full and a faculty-report 38 wins, when Derrick Rose was declared academically ineligible.
A Shelby County judge granted an injunction on the NCAA's ruling, which allowed Wiseman to make a surprise return to the floor on Friday night. "The university chose to play him and ultimately is responsible for ensuring its student-athletes are eligible to play".