No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to Memphis

No. 1 recruit James Wiseman commits to Memphis

James Wiseman, the No. 1-ranked prospect within the 2019 class, committed to Memphis over Kentucky on Tuesday.

Wiseman launched his decision on SportsCenter, bringing out a unicorn wearing the Memphis emblem. He has been in most cases known as a “unicorn,” love other avid gamers with his appealing size and means. He’s additionally fragment of the “Unicorn fam” with elite 2020 possibilities R.J. Hampton and Jalen Inexperienced.

Wiseman, a 7-footer from East Excessive College (Tennessee), is the fundamental No. 1 prospect to choose to Memphis since ESPN’s recruiting database began in 2007. He is additionally the fundamental high-10 prospect to pick out the Tigers since Adonis Thomas committed in 2011.

Wiseman took genuine visits to Memphis, Kentucky, Florida Suppose, Kansas and Vanderbilt, however this used to be repeatedly going to terminate up as a fight between Memphis and Kentucky.

Early in his recruitment, Wiseman used to be truly appropriate a staunch Kentucky lean. John Calipari had been truly appropriate one of the most fundamental coaches in heavy pursuit, and the Wildcats made him their high precedence within the 2019 class.

When Memphis hired Penny Hardaway to replace Corpulent Smith in March, on the different hand, issues began to shift toward the Tigers. Hardaway had coached Wiseman on the grassroots circuit with the Personnel Penny/Bluff Metropolis Legends program, and he additionally coached him in excessive college at East en path to a inform championship. Hardaway correct now made Wiseman his high plot in 2019, and Wiseman took just a few visits to Memphis’ campus this drop and used to be there as now not too long within the past as the starting of this month.

Kentucky by no map with out a doubt ancient in Wiseman’s recruitment, however the connection between Wiseman and Hardaway used to be too worthy to beat.

Wiseman has been truly appropriate truly appropriate one of the most elite possibilities within the 2019 class for the past couple of years, and he maintained his No. 1 ranking after a staunch summer season on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Bluff Metropolis Legends. He averaged 15.2 elements, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, whereas taking pictures greater than 50 percent from the realm. Wiseman battled No. three prospect Vernon Carey Jr. to a standstill in July, ending with 23 elements and nine rebounds in a one-level bewitch.

“James Wiseman is truly appropriate one of the most few avid gamers within the class who presentations the flexibility to assemble dominating performances on each ends of the bottom,” ESPN’s nationwide recruiting director Paul Biancardi acknowledged. “His bodily tools are elite by NBA standards, as he owns a 7-foot-6 wingspan and a 9-foot-3½-slip standing reach. The combo of his bodily measurables, ending means and shot-blocking off skill makes him No. 1 within the class.”

ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony slotted in Wiseman as the No. 1 pick in his early 2020 mock draft back in October.

“In the paint, Wiseman makes use of his signature transfer, a left-handed soar-hook over his correct shoulder,” Biancardi acknowledged. “His body and shot-blocking off skill rings a bell in my memory of Jermaine O’Neal at the identical stage. He runs the bottom with ease love a young Sam Perkins.”

Wiseman is Memphis’ 0.33 commitment within the 2019, class joining 5-essential person puny forward D.J. Jeffries (No. 21) and 4-essential person center Malcolm Dandridge. Jeffries, who additionally conducted for Hardaway on the grassroots circuit, committed to Memphis in October after decommitting from Kentucky in July.

Memphis is additionally within the mix for 5-essential person forwards Trendon Watford (No. 23) and Precious Achiuwa (No. 10). Every avid gamers gather already got visited the Tigers’ campus.

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