Today is not a good day for college basketball, and the latest news certainly will catch the attention of the Warriors' front office.
Memphis big man James Wiseman -- the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- has withdrawn from the school in order to prepare for the draft.
He announced the update on Instagram:
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Today I formally withdrew from the University of Memphis and I will be preparing for the next chapter of my life. Ever since I was a little kid, it’s been a dream of mine to play in the NBA. Throughout this process, I’ve asked God to ordain my steps and lead me in the right direction. God is my lord and salvation, and throughout this process he has comforted me. This was not how I expected my freshman season to be, but I’m thankful for everyone who has supported my family and me throughout this process. I want to thank the coaches and staff for all their support and my teammates for pushing me everyday at practice. I feel blessed for the opportunity to be a Tiger and for having the honor to play with these special group of guys. I can’t wait to see what all they accomplish this season. The friends and fans of Tiger Nation will always hold a place in my heart. #GoTigersGo 🐯🔵🐯
Shortly thereafter, Shams Charania of The Athletic revealed more details.
James Wiseman began informing Memphis coaches in recent days about decision to leave school and sign with an agent. Penny Hardaway pushed hard and attempted to keep his star recruit. After 12-game suspension and $11,500 charity fee discipline, Wiseman is gone from NCAA. https://t.co/SPkfiPynl1— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 19, 2019
The 7-foot-1 freshman was slated to return from his NCAA-imposed suspension Jan. 12. Instead, his college career is over.
Wiseman is listed as the No. 3 overall pick in ESPN's most recent mock draft.
If the NBA season ended today, the Warriors would enter the NBA Draft Lottery with the best odds of landing the top overall selection and could finish no worse than fifth.
Worst records in the NBA:— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) December 19, 2019
30) Warriors = 5-24 (lost tonight)
29) Hawks = 6-22
28) Pelicans = 7-22 (won tonight)
27) Knicks = 7-21
26) Cavs = 7-21 (won tonight)
Golden State general manager Bob Myers and other Warriors executives scouted Wiseman in person on Nov. 12 when Memphis played Oregon at the Moda Center in Portland.