The NCAA announced Wednesday that it upheld James Wiseman's 12-game suspension, denying Memphis' appeal.

The star freshman center was declared ineligible earlier this month and suspended. He won't be able to return to the court for the Tigers until their Jan. 12 game at South Florida.

The punishment came after the NCAA determined that Memphis coach Penny Hardaway -- before he was hired by the university -- provided $11,500 to help Wiseman and his family move from Nashville, Tenn., to Memphis in 2017. The assistance was unknown to Wiseman, the school said.

The Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement made the ruling, and the school released a statement after being informed of the decision.

"Although disappointing, we look forward to a promising season," the statement read, in part.

Wiseman has sat out three of the 12 games so far for No. 16 Memphis (5-1).

The 7-foot-1 center is expected to be in contention for the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and was the crown jewel of Hardaway's top-rated recruiting class in the 247Sports composite rankings.

Wiseman played in three games before being declared ineligible, averaging 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. He's completed 76.9 percent of his field goal attempts.

--Field Level Media

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