James Wiseman, potential No. 1 NBA draft pick, signs with Excel Sports

University of Memphis 7-footer James Wiseman — a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft — has signed with Excel Sports for his professional representation, a league source tells ESPN.

Wiseman is ranked third in ESPN’s most recent mock draft, but remains a strong candidate to become the No. 1 overall pick in the June NBA draft.

The formal agreement with an agent officially ends his college career, which concluded with Wiseman deciding to depart college instead of serving a 12-game suspension and repaying $11,500 in moving expenses that his college coach, Penny Hardaway, had provided his family in 2017.

Wiseman will start training full-time for the 2020 draft in June.

Wiseman, 18, played three games for Memphis — averaging 19.7 points on 77 percent shooting — before the NCAA’s suspension. With a 7-foot-5 wingspan, Wiseman has shown the ability to be a dominant presence on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

Wiseman will join Excel Sports, which represents many of the top players in the NBA, including Denver’s Nikola Jokic, Boston’s Kemba Walker and Cleveland’s Kevin Love.

Wiseman will start preparing for the June NBA draft now.

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