Hoosiers In Pursuit of Elite '09 Point Guard

Bloomington, Ind. – John Wall doesn't know a great deal about Indiana, but he'd like to find out. The 6-3, 170-pound point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., has an IU scholarship offer in hand and...

Bloomington, Ind. – John Wall doesn't know a great deal about Indiana, but he'd like to find out.

The 6-3, 170-pound point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., has an IU scholarship offer in hand and has talked with IU Coach Kelvin Sampson, and the next step is familiarizing himself with the Hoosier program.

"I really don't know that much about Indiana, but I've talked to Coach Sampson and he wants me to come down and see how the school is," said Scout.com's 12th-ranked player in the 2009 class.

And Wall is very much interested in doing that. With two years of high school basketball remaining, he's on a fact-finding mission of sorts when it comes to recruiting. His list of offers is approaching double figures and he doesn't want to be too hasty in closing the door on any potential suitors.

"I'll probably narrow things down my senior year, but not now," Wall said. "Right now, I want to see a lot of schools and get to know them. It wouldn't make sense to narrow things down and eliminate schools that I really don't know anything about. It might have been a school I would have fit in with well.

"So I want to give every school a chance like they are giving me a chance to get recruited by them."

Indiana is certainly among those that he'd like to familiarize himself with.

"I know Coach Sampson is a good coach, and he's got a lot going for him, and it seems he knows what he's talking about," Wall said. "So I'd like to get to see him and meet him personally and get to know more about him."

Indiana already knows quite a bit about Wall, who has gone from regional standout to the national spotlight in the last 12 months. It started during his sophomore year when he averaged 17 points per game and led his prep team to North Carolina's private school Class 1A state championship. Things continued to progress from there, as he starred on the D-I Sports AAU team over the summer and was noticed by a slew of college coaches, Sampson included.

"This summer was pretty big for me," said Wall, who is also Scout.com's second-ranked point guard in the '09 class. "Everyone knew I could play around Raleigh, but I never had a chance to play in front of people. So I switched AAU teams and things took off from there."

Wall caught a lot of people's attention at the Reebok U Camp in Philadelphia and then the Reebok Summer Championships in Las Vegas in July, and he said Indiana's offer came in that time period.

Now, he has programs such as Indiana, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and others trying to get his attention, and he's appreciative of the opportunity that he will soon have at the college level.

"I always thought that it would be great to be recruited by some of these schools, and now I'm one of the top point guards in the country and getting recruited by just about every program in the country," Wall said. "It feels good."

While Wall is considered one of the top point guards in the 2009 class, he's more than just a ball distributor. He's an extremely athletic player who loves to play in transition and can get the rim and finish. If there's a knock on him it's his perimeter shooting, but that's an area he's been trying to address this summer.

"Everyone in the world is going to have something to work on, and I knew I had to work on my shooting," Wall said. "I want to get better at it because then people have to guard you closer and then you can get by them. So I've worked on it, and now I have confidence in my shot since I'm been working on it every day of the week."

That knock on Wall is similar to the one that was once placed on NBA star Dwayne Wade, the player that Wall looks up to and tries to mirror his game after.

"He's a fast person, he can get to the rack and create for his teammates," Wall said. "Just like everyone told me, some said he couldn't shoot, he's developed his jump shot and now he's one of the best players in the NBA."

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