James Monteinez Wiseman is an American professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA. He is a 7-foot tall center who played for the Memphis Tigers in college. Born in Nashville, Tennessee he started his freshman season for The Ensworth School but then transferred to Memphis east high school where former NBA player Penny Hardaway was his head coach.
Earlier Wiseman had joined Team Penny, founded by Penny Hardaway, on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) circuit. He got into trouble when the TSSAA ruled Wiseman ineligible for his junior season because an "athletic coaching link" existed between him and Hardaway but got off without any punishment as nothing could be proved. He went on to have a very successful freshman season at Memphis averaging 18.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game, earning MaxPreps Junior All-American third-team recognition. Wiseman led his Memphis team to the TSSAA Class AAA championship, leading the team in scoring with 19 points.
He stayed in Memphis high for his senior season. He gave a triple-double performance with 27 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 blocks to help his team win the Region 8AAA championship. He averaged 25.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, and 5.5 blocks as a senior, was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year.
Wiseman also won the Tennessee Class AAA Mr. Basketball award while appearing in the McDonald's All-American Game, the Jordan Brand Classic, and the Nike Hoop Summit. He was rated a five-star recruit and committed to Memphis where his former high school coach Penny Hardaway became the head coach a year ago. He joined Memphis only to be suspended on the allegations of booster links to Hardaway who is an alumnus of the college.
Wiseman was cleared of all allegations later on but then decided to forgo his college season and declared for the NBA draft. He was selected second overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2020 NBA draft.