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James Wiseman claims suspension made him tougher ahead of 2020 NBA Draft pick

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Standing at 7’1, James Wiseman is touted to be one of the first picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. The center claimed that his time with the Memphis Tigers in college, where had to serve a suspension over his eligibility, only made him tougher.

Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and Charlotte Hornets are all expected to cash in on top draft pick James Wiseman, LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards.

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Apart from these three franchises, no one has been in contact with the 19-year-old. According to Wiseman, the sides with the number two and number three pick, Warriors and the Hornets are currently in communication with him.

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Wiseman is in touch with Warriors and Hornets ahead of the draft. (Dunking with Wolves/New York Times)

Hailing from Nashville, Tennessee, Wiseman played college football for the Memphis Tigers where he endured a rough time. The young player could only play 3 games for the team as his stint ended after NCAA suspended him over his eligibility.

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Despite the misturn of fortunes, Wiseman claims that he would do it all over again since it made him mentally tough.

“It made me way more mature. It made me more mentally tough,” said Wiseman.

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The draft hot pick added that the suspension made him realise that life is not easy and he looks forward to getting his name called in the draft on Wednesday.

“I’m already mentally tough, but it created a chip on my shoulder to get better. And figure out that life is not always easy. It’s always ups and downs. Just hearing my name getting called is really a great opportunity for me and my family.

Just after everything I’ve been through it’s great because I just came through a lot of stuff so just getting to that moment is going to be a great moment for me.”

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After meetings with Warriors and Hornets, Wiseman claims that the franchise with the number one pick, Minnesota Timberwolves have not been in contact with him.

“In terms of talking [with the Wolves], I haven’t,” he said

The Timberwolves reportedly have their eye on LaMelo Ball since already having an athletic big man in Karl-Anthony Towns, making the need for Wiseman quite less.

Whatever team that picks me, I’m truly grateful for that, And whatever team that picks me, I’m going to go in there, learn as much as possible, work my tail off and just want to win.” 

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