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
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.
Wall Continues to Climb
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