NCAA Castaway James Wiseman Is a Perfect Fit for the Reborn Warriors

  • James Wiseman announced the end of his NCAA career on Thursday.
  • The Memphis freshman will now begin preparation for the NBA draft.
  • Wiseman and the Golden State Warriors would be a marriage made in basketball heaven.

James Wiseman’s college basketball career is over almost before it got started. The University of Memphis freshman announced on Thursday that he would forego his NCAA eligibility to begin preparations for next summer’s NBA draft.

Wiseman was serving a 12-game suspension stemming from a loan his mother received two years ago from Tigers coach Penny Hardaway, before he took over at his alma mater.

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In three games this season, Wiseman averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game, shooting a staggering 76.9% from the field.

Wiseman’s freshman season obviously didn’t go as planned. But now that he’s turned that page, it’s time to evaluate Wiseman’s potential at the next level – and which lottery team could help him reach it.

The Warriors Will Be Back Next Season

The Warriors will be back next season, perhaps with James Wiseman in tow. | Source: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

The Golden State Warriors’ status as a league-wide bottom-dweller won’t last long.

Steph Curry insists he’s returning from a broken hand before 2019-20 comes to a close, and Klay Thompson will be back full-strength next fall.

Golden State may not be the juggernaut it was for the past half-decade, but with a trio of Curry, Thompson, and Draymond Green, Steve Kerr’s team will undoubtedly compete for a playoff spot next season – and perhaps much more.

That variability depends a lot on how the Warriors approach D’Angelo Russell’s future. He’s an odd fit next to Curry and Thompson on the perimeter, and Golden State has hardly quieted rumors about potential plans to trade him since acquiring him last summer.

But regardless of whether Russell or another impact player rounds out the Warriors’ core, their first-round pick will…

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