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James Wiseman drops lawsuit, Memphis declares him ineligible

The potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft is ineligible until the NCAA rules on his application for reinstatement.

James Wiseman of the Memphis Tigers dunks the ball 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 forward/center James Wiseman announced on Thursday that he is dropping his lawsuit against the school and the NCAA. In turn, the school has declared him ineligible as they begin the process of resolving his eligibility with the NCAA.

Last Friday, the NCAA announced Wiseman was ineligible due to head coach Penny Hardaway helping him and his family move back in 2008. Wiseman was going to be scratched from Memphis’ game that night against University of Illinois-Chicago, but he filed a lawsuit and got temporary injunction.

Wiseman was declared eligible pending further court proceedings and played Friday and then Tuesday in Memphis’ loss to No. 14 Oregon. He had 17 points, nine rebounds and five blocks against UIC and then 14 points, 12 rebounds and one block against Oregon.

Wiseman announced his change of plans through his attorneys. He decided the lawsuit would get in the way of regaining his eligibility. Memphis announced in conjunction that Wiseman would be removed from play but still be allowed to practice with the team.

Memphis hosts Alcorn State on Saturday.