Wall Returns From Miami; Plans To Cut List

John Wall's recruitment is in full swing. This past week he met with a handful of college coaches. Then he took a visit to Miami. How did the trip go? Will he decide soon? Does he have a favorite? Scout.com caught up with the sensational talent to get the latest.

The recruiting process has been long and difficult for John Wall.

Known as the nation's top floor general in the 2009 class, Wall has spent the last few months trying to figure out which college program best fits his game. He's taken plenty of visits, had numerous meetings with coaches and now a decision is approaching.

This past weekend Wall took his last visit. The five-star prospect headed south to Miami. During the trip Wall experienced the normal festivities of campus visits, but in Miami things are a little different. The 6-foot-4 lightning fast point guard was housed on South Beach.

"I had a great time," Wall told Scout.com. "It was nice weather out there and I stayed on South Beach and it was a great view. I spent a lot of time with the players and getting advice about why I should come there and how I would fit in."

Prior to the visit, Wall had plenty of doubts when it came to the Hurricanes. With the visit complete, he said Miami is firmly in the mix.

"Now they are up there. I'm not going to lie, I wasn't really considering them that hard, but I hadn't taken a visit there and I didn't know how it was going to be and how the coaches were. After I took the visit it really opened my eyes up.

So what stood out about the visit?

"I feel like I like the school better than I did before," he said. "I had Miami on my list but I never really considered them. I didn't know how it was. I knew it was going to be nice in Florida, but didn't know how it was school wise and that all the players from different sports get along great."

"From talking to coach [Frank] Haith, I really got a chance to sit down and talk to him one-on-one for a few hours and we watched some film and I just felt like it was a great place."


Wall Has Plans To Cut List
Now the plan is to narrow the list down. Among the schools that have been involved in his recruitment are Duke, Kentucky, Florida, North Carolina State, Baylor and Memphis. By Friday he's hoping to have his list narrowed to "two or three."

"Kentucky, Miami, Florida and Duke, they are all up there pretty high," Wall, a standout at Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God, said.

"It's still kind of all even right now," he added. "That's why I hope this week will help and I can get it down and start taking it more serious. I feel like Kentucky and Florida have been recruiting me the hardest lately, but all of the other schools are stepping up and doing what they can do."

Florida reached out to Wall once they realized Nick Calathes was headed to the NBA. The Gators were definitely late to the party, but Wall said he's still strongly considering them.

"Not really because I knew what situation they were in," Wall responded when asked if Florida's late entrance would hurt them.

"They wanted to recruit me last year, but it wouldn't have worked out if Nick Calathes stayed because he was going to be their point guard. After he said he was leaving, they started talking to Brian [Clifton] for a while."

Kentucky is also relatively new to Wall's recruitment, but their new head coach certainly isn't. John Calipari recruited Wall at Memphis and when he made the move to Lexington (Ky.) he made Wall his primary target.

"They came up to see me on Wednesday," he said of the Wildcats staff. "It was the last day they could come see us. He came down Wednesday and talked to me."

Wall admitted the whole process has worn him down a bit, so he's hoping to come up with a decision in the near future. With that said, he doesn't have a set timetable for an announcement.

"[I want to decide] as soon as possible," Wall said. "I think I've been riding it for a long time and taking slow progress and watching and seeing who is leaving for the NBA and who is staying. Now I just have to figure out where my heart is and who is my best fit."


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