James Wiseman has been a sensational big man for the Golden State Warriors. Wiseman is relied upon by the Warriors to dominate in the paint, grab many rebounds, and catch a lob from them.
Currently, Wiseman is averaging 11.9 points, 6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game in 52% shooting for the Warriors.
1. Was coached by Penny Hardaway
The second pick of the 2020 NBA Draft was also coached by another former-NBA player other than Steve Kerr. It was Penny Hardaway. In May of 2017, Wiseman played for Team Penny, founded by Hardaway himself, on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit. After three months, the big man transferred to Memphis East High School in Memphis, Tennessee, where the NBA legend was promoted to head coach. In March of 2018, Wiseman carried his team to a TSSAA Class AAA Championship, leading all scorers with 19 points. The Hardaway-mentored Wiseman averaged 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. After that, he earned the MaxPreps Junior All-American third-team recognition.
2. Was a beast as a senior in high school
In his senior year in high school, Wiseman maintained attending classes and continued to play for the Memphis East instead of transferring. He recorded a huge triple-double performance on March 1, 2019, as he tallied 27 points, 20 big rebounds, and 10 blocks to aid his team win the Region 8AAA championship.
In his final high school game, Wiseman finished with 24 marks, 11 rebounds, and 5 blocks. He was later named Gatorade National Player of the Year and Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year after averaging 25.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks per game as a senior. Not only that, but he also earned the Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball award while being present in the McDonald’s All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoop Summit.
3. Had some problems during College
The lawyers of Wiseman announced that the NCAA ruled him ineligible to play for Memphis. The University of Memphis said that Penny Hardaway had paid $11, 500 to help him and his family transfer to Memphis in 2017. According to Lesli Ballin, Wiseman’s Lawyer, the NCAA deemed that Hardaway had acted as a booster. A Shelby County judge granted the big man a temporary restraining order against the NCAA’s ruling, allowing him to keep playing.
In hopes of reaching an agreement, the lawyers of Wiseman filed a lawsuit against the NCAA to give back his eligibility before withdrawing the case six days later.
After that, Wiseman decided to leave Memphis and prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft. According to analysts, he was one of the highest-rated players in his class.
4. Missed the first exhibition game in Nassau, Bahamas
At that time, Wiseman was recovering from a minor shoulder injury.
“Right now, James is out for (Wednesday’s) game, for sure,” Hardaway shared. “He’s been practicing. Been doing 5-on-0 type of stuff. Hasn’t been doing the 5-on-5. It’s a day-to-day, game-to-game thing. We’re just going to be smart about it.” he added.
After a couple of games, Wiseman joined with the Tigers once again and sprinkled 28 big points, 11 rebounds, and 3 blocks in just 22 minutes of action.
5. Can speak Mandarin
Not only Wiseman is a wonderful player overall, but he also knows how to speak fluent Mandarin.