Wall Claims Leader; Hopes To Decide At Jordan

John Wall's recruitment has been full of mystery. But soon enough we'll know where the all-world talent is headed. Monday night he claimed a leader and mentioned a possible announcement date.

John Wall is inching closer and closer to making his college decision.

The nation's top rated point guard has seen his recruitment take a number of twists and turns, and with his high school season coming to an end last week, it appears Wall is focusing more on his future college.

Baylor had the 6-foot-3 speedster on campus this past weekend. It's widely known that the Bears are also home to Wall's former AAU coach, Dwon Clifton, but Wall made it clear that Clifton being at Baylor won't affect his decision.

"It's not that big," Wall said. "It's not that big at all. Every time we talk he just says ‘when you get a chance email and just do what is best for you and I'm still going to love you like a brother.'

"It's not a big factor and he doesn't want it to be a factor," he continued. "If that's the school I like then I'll go there, if not [I won't worry] about it. He's still going to be a big brother to me."

Although Wall has seen Baylor's campus before this was his first opportunity to see them action, as he attended their game against Nebraska.

"It was pretty good, but it couldn't be that packed because it was spring break," Wall said. "I got to sit down with the coaches, the players and we went out to eat with the team. I got to walk around the facilities and see the academic area too."

Although Baylor was his latest trip, his visit to Memphis still seemed to be on his mind.

"It's still wide open," he said. "I've got all of my schools, but I think Memphis is in the lead right now. I think Memphis has been in the lead for a while, since I've come from these visits, but it's so tight it could change today or tomorrow."

Wall took his official visit to Memphis at the end of February and he walked away with a strong impression of their program and how their style of play matches his.

"It was a good visit," Wall said of his trip to Memphis. "It wasn't a big time atmosphere, but it was good to see how they play and pushed the ball and hanging out with Coach Cal was good. I hung out with the players and just had a good time."

Wall also likes the idea of playing alongside Scout.com's No. 2 center -- Demarcus Cousins -- and Scout.com's No. 1 small forward – Xavier Henry. He even fielded a phone call from Cousins on Sunday.

"Every good guard wants to go where a good big man is going to go and where a good wing is," Wall said. "If you don't have good wings and big men then the point guard can't be as good as he can be. I think that's good for them and going to help them a lot."

While Memphis is certainly positioned nicely, there's still a ways to go in Wall's recruitment. Thus far he's taken official visits to Kansas, Baylor and Memphis. Miami is next on his visit list.

"I'm going to take one more to Miami and then I'll probably take unofficial visits to North Carolina State and Duke," he told Scout.com.

Once he finishes his trips, a decision could come shortly after. Actually, Wall, Scout.com's No. 2 prospect, is hoping to announce at the Jordan Brand All-American game, which will be played at Madison Square Garden in April.

"I think the Jordan game would be a good time for it," Wall said. "A lot of my family is going to come to the game. If that doesn't work out then I'll do it when I get back home."


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