The End In Sight For Wall?

What a difference a few months makes. After listing a handful of schools during the Fall, Raleigh's John Wall was - to the casual observer - just another highly rated recruit. Now the nation's No.2 overall prospect is the most recognizable high school player in the country with a media frenzy at his every move. But, according to Wall, the end of the frenzy is in sight.

"It's going to be over soon," said Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God standout guard John Wall of the recruiting process. "I don't think it's going to be too much longer."

The journey to that end has certainly seen its share of twists and turns along the way - especially in the last four weeks as numerous schools have attempted to get involved with Wall in hopes of swooping in and landing his services for the 2010 season. The sheer number of 'happenings' coupled with his skill level and magnified by the pedigree of the programs recruiting him have combined to send Wall's recruitment to the forefront of the national college basketball stage. It's all together impressive, and sometimes overwhelming for Wall.

"It's been crazy. I never thought things would get as big as they have. I guess it's because of all the schools that have come in and shown interest and tried to get involved. It's nice because it shows that the hard work is paying off....but, yeah, I never thought it would be like this."

After wowing onlookers at the Nike Hoop Summit for Team USA, Wall traveled to New York to compete it the Jordan Brand All-Star game. Before taking the court and contributing 13 points and seven assists, Wall and his teammates had time to unwind away from basketball on a couple of outings. One in particular made an impression.

"We went to a Boys and Girls club in New York. That was my favorite thing. I like to work with kids and it was a chance to help them. I can relate to them because I came from a similar background as some of them. I tried to show them that if you work hard and have good people around you, you can be successful."

Being successful certainly applies when discussing Wall's recent fortunes - and likely his immediate future regardless of his collegiate choice. Many analysts have tabbed him as a potential top pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, but even Wall admits there is a lot to be done before he can shake hands with David Stern.

"I know there are still things I need to work on. I just have to be the most complete player I can be. I want to continue to improve and to be successful. I'm not where I want to be yet."

In order to take the next step in his basketball story, Wall will select a college. He currently has a long list of potential suitors and realizes that he could call any program in the country and likely have a scholarship found for him. Still, the decision appears to be centering around a handful of schools including Duke - where he, his mother, and his AAU coach will head on Wednesday afternoon to meet with Coach K once again.

"I wanted to get over there again with everyone. I think it's going to be good."

Then, later this week, Wall reports that he will still be making an official visit to Miami. After spending the weekend in South Beach, a decision making process may very well accelerate.

"After I get back I think the whole thing will be over soon. I am going to sit down with my mom and my coach and we're going to get it done."


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