James Wiseman is sticking with East High School in Memphis (TN) for his senior season, according to John Martin of ESPN 929.
James Wiseman, the No. 1 player in the country, is enrolled at East High School, his mother just told me.— John Martin (@JohnMartin929) August 7, 2018
There have been persistent rumors that Wiseman could move to a prep school, which would have been good news for Kentucky since he would have gotten out of Memphis’ backyard. However, he’ll remain there for one more season, which can only be considered good news for the Tigers, who have all the momentum in this recruitment.
Wiseman is the 247 Sports Composite No. 1 player in the class of 2019. The 6-11, 210-pound center is highly likely to either pick Memphis or Kentucky.
Wiseman attended East High School and playing for Penny Hardaway last season. Hardaway was coaching him both at the high school level and at the AAU level with the Bluff City Legends.
Kentucky was seen as the heavy favorite for Wiseman until Hardaway was named the new head coach of the Memphis Tigers, replacing former UK head coach Tubby Smith. With that move, Memphis became the only other major player in Wiseman’s recruitment.
Hardaway and his assistant, NBA champion Mike Miller, have gone after Wiseman hard. Wiseman has said that he and Hardaway still have a great relationship.
At this point, it’s safe for even Kentucky fans to think Memphis is now the slight favorite, but never count out John Calipari and his staff.