James Wiseman, top college hooper and potential NBA draft pick, ruled ineligible by NCAA

James Wiseman of the Memphis Tigers points against the South Carolina State Bulldogs during a game on November 5, 2019.

(CNN)The season for a top University of Memphis basketball player -- and potential top pick in the NBA draft -- is in jeopardy.

Hours before Memphis' game against the University of Illinois at Chicago Friday, the NCAA ruled star center James Wiseman ineligible for the rest of the season because current head coach Penny Hardaway gave Wiseman's family money in 2017.
An emergency temporary restraining order was issued late Friday that allowed Wiseman to play against UIC, according to a statement from the university's athletic department. Memphis defeated UIC 92-46.
"The University is currently working with the NCAA staff to restore his playing status, and we are hopeful for a speedy resolution to the matter," the statement read.