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UP, UP AND AWAY

TOO BIG, TOO ATHLETIC, TOO VERSATILE, TOO TALENTED: WISEMAN HAS ALL THE TRAITS OF THE GAME’S NEW BREED OF UNICORN.

JAMES WISEMAN is on the periphery of the conversation, distracted by the rapid-fire click of a camera shutter; it’s not his first photo shoot, and it definitely won’t be the last. Anyway, it’s not his conversation, not directly anyway. Someone is asking his coach to talk about Wiseman’s game, about his development thus far and his future on the court. As is often the case these days when people are talking about the future of basketball, James Wiseman is the subject.

And then, without warning, Wiseman is abruptly invited to join the convo. Jevonte Holmes, his coach at Memphis East (TN) High, is sharing an anecdote that needs the player’s confirmation. It’s a

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