Allen Hudson- 35KY Hoops Scout
35KY Hoops - Nike EYBL Indy - #1James Wiseman - Spring Player Evaluation
Session 2 | Indianapolis, (IN)
The Pacers Athletic Center at Grand Park
James Wiseman | C | 7’0” 240
Class Of 2019 | Memphis East (TN)
247 Sports - 1
ESPN 60 - 1
Rivals 150 – 2
I Got a chance to catch the top ranked player in the class 2019, big man James Wiseman! Wiseman was in action at Session 2 of the Nike EYBL in Indianapolis, IN. The ultra skilled prospect was on full display in the second and last weekend of the Spring Evaluation Period allowing college coaches in the gym to certified events to evaluate and recruit potential prospects. The top recruiting prize in the class of 2019 drew a large crowd at the Pacers Athletic Center. Both baselines were filled with head and assistant coaches of the top programs in the country to see Wiseman’s Memphis based Bluff City Legends team (formerly Team Penny). Notable players on team University of Kentucky commit DJ Jefferies, and Wiseman’s fellow Memphis East High School teammates Chandler Lawson, who is the brother of Kansas players Dedric Lawson and K.J. Lawson. Also Memphis commit Malcom Dandridge a physically imposing 6’9" 4-star big, who was relentless on the glass as well as had the block of the day meeting an Expressions Elite (MA) player at the top of the summit rejecting him with two hands warding off the potential dunk attempt.
In my first time seeing Wiseman play in person he did not disappoint. The 7’0” lefty, showed why he is billed as the best player in the country. The most interesting feat in Wiseman's game is that he did not have one dunk in the entire game. So this wasn't your typical AAU dunk fest mixtape game. Wiseman had to work for his buckets the tough Expressions Elite team had some bulk in the middle that attempted to push Wiseman away from the rim. Through tough defense Wiseman still finished with his most efficient game of the weekend scoring 20 points on only 8 shots. Wiseman was poised and efficient on the offensive end scoring on a series of sweeping left handed hook shots, turnarounds, and one eerily similar Tim Duncan bank shot on underneath outbound. For such a young big prospect he showed great patience in the post several times he passed the ball out only to repost and then quickly reestablish even better post position and then proceed to go to work for buckets. Because of how quick and athletic he is, Wiseman is a very tough cover for opposing teams. The big man draws a ton of fouls, as he shot 10 free throws and made 8, displaying a very good free throw stroke. Wiseman sprints the floor extremely well running to the block and showed off great all around shooting touch. He even knocked down one long range shot made off a series of dribble moves.
On the defensive end you can tell Wiseman has been well schooled. He plays great position defense with his hands straight up, he maybe plays a little bit to honest at times but none the less with his extreme length causes so many problems around the rim for teams. He recorded 2 blocked shots, bothering several others. On pick and roll defense when he got switched on to guards and smaller players, he got down into a great defensive stance, knees bent really worked hard moving his feet containing penetration. If there were any areas of improvement from Wiseman's game, he needs to pound the offensive class. He had (0) offensive rebounds in the game to his 7 defensive, continue to stay active never stop moving, and not allowing one effort box out. My second suggestion don’t let your offense define you which goes for every young player. All in all, Wiseman is a terrific young prospect with a bright future. His potential ans upside have ignited a recruiting battle between his home state team Memphis Tigers, who is now coached by his former Memphis East High Coach Penny Hardaway, and the one and done juggernaut that is Kentucky Basketball and John Calipari.
Expressions Elite (MA): 63
Bluff City (TN) : 67
#32 J. Wiseman | 20 PTS: FG (6-8), FT (8-10)
7 DEF REB , 2 BLK , 1 TO , 1 AST
27 MIN, 3 FLS