Wall Continues to Climb

Last weekend, the John Wall tour extended to Los Angeles, where the 6-3 PG from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God proved to be a dominant force at the Pangos All-American Camp.

Though he didn't always post the insane numbers he did at some spring events, the most athletic guard in the senior class still managed to win the MVP award.

John Wall has been a huge name now since the Rbk U camp in Philadelphia last July, and since then competitors have been gunning at making their own names off of him. Unfortunately for them, though, Wall doesn't look beyond anyone because he knows that he’s got a target on his chest whenever he takes the floor.

"It's definitely different this year (on the travel circuit)," Wall said, "because last year I was going at people, and now they're going at me. But I'm just keeping it humble and not letting all the hype affect me."

Wall's recruitment has been a coast to coast affair. He traveled to Las Vegas last summer with his club team, D-One Sports, but his time at Pangos was his first trip to the Golden State.

"I've just really liked walking around out here, I don't mind being away from home at all," Wall said.

How willing he'll be to leave home is a major question surrounding his college future, because as expected, the nation's No. 1 point guard can go just about anywhere he wants.

And for that reason, Wall was reluctant to name a list of top schools, saying instead that he'd prefer to wait until he narrows his list later this month. In the past, Memphis -- he called the Tigers his leader at one point in mid-April -- Oregon, N.C. State, Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma and Virginia have featured prominently on his school list.  

When asked specifically about KU, Wall was willing to open up a little. Though he was insistent that he claims no leader, he clearly is impressed by the reigning national champions.

"I like Kansas because they can play up and down, and Coach Self seems like he really knows what he's doing," Wall said. "He also gets them to play defense, and that's something I've got to do better because sometimes I slack off on that end. He pushes his players to get better."

Wall said that he has talked to Self on two different occasions, and that his primary contact on the coaching staff is Joe Dooley.

As everyone knows, of course, whether Wall takes a visit to Lawrence will be critical in assessing KU's chances of landing him. To that end, nothing is clear, but a trip could happen at some point whether it be of the unofficial or official variety.

"They've wanted me to take an unofficial visit and I want to, but we haven't been able to get it set up yet with all the travel we've been having," he said. "I'd like to go during the summer if I get a chance, but if not, hopefully later."

Wall's summer will be a busy one, so it's possible that no schools outside of his immediate driving radius will receive a trip prior to the conclusion of the travel circuit. In addition to playing with D-One, in June he will attend Nike's Steve Nash skills camp for point guards, as well as the NBA Top 100 Camp.

He'll also decide whether to attend the LeBron James camp in July or attend Reebok's All-American camp instead. After that, he’ll be off to Vegas for the Reebok Summer Championships before setting up official visits to his hopefully narrowed list of schools in hopes of making a Fall decision.

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