Wall Engineers Win, Remains Mum on Recruiting

Over the weekend, John Wall and his Word of God teammates made the trek from their Raleigh, NC home to Springfield, MO for the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions. By the time the nation's top point guard was done, he'd led his team to a championship by dropping 41 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists on Orlando (FL) Olympia in Saturday night's 80-77 win.

After scoring 16 first half points, John Wall seized control late either scoring or assisting on every single one of Word of God's final 25 points as they erased an eight point deficit.

"My coaches told me to attack the basket and try to keep my teammates involved," said Wall of the game plan. "They kept giving me a lane, and I kept going to the basket."

As if the opportunity to win a championship and the crowd of nearly 9,000 people weren't enough to fire up the six-foot-four inch senior, he had some extra motivation. Sitting courtside was Indiana Pacers guard Marquis Daniels. There to support his younger brother Martell Buie of Olympia, Daniels and his entourage members engaged in a little pre-game trash talk with Wall.

The talk only fired up Wall more as he howled "you should have never got me started" at the Daniels crew after several tough buckets. The fire show there was just part of Wall's overall plan. Where some players dismiss rankings, Wall kind of likes the idea of having a big bulls-eye on his chest.

"I think it was a mindset to show everybody why I'm number one," said Wall of his approach. "I think I was playing good in the first half but I wasn't playing to my ability. I wasn't going to the basket and I was trying to get it to my teammates more. My coaches told me at halftime to keep going to the basket and keep attacking and start getting them in foul trouble."

The trash talk, the competition, the big crowd. Wall loved all of it.

"I feel good, I wish I was a junior so that I could come back again," said Wall of his time in Springfield. "I wish I would have known about it last year. You have at least eight to nine thousand people who come out to support you. That's something that D2, D3 and some D1 schools don't get with people coming out to show you their support."

More than anything, though, Wall was glad to get a win in a high profile event. Word of God had already played all over the country but struggled at times in big events.

"I think it was a big statement, we came this far to Missouri and won," Wall told Phog.Net. "I felt like I had to put it on my back as a leader, as a senior and as the player that I am to help my team come out with a big win.

"If we wouldn't have won people would have said we're good but I'm not the player that everybody thought I was because I can't lead my team to victory. Me being a point guard and hoping to play in the NBA I'm going to have to learn to lead my team to victories. Whether I'm scoring or if I'm assisting the ball and playing defense."

Mum on his recruitment for the past month or so other than to say he might be cutting things down in January. Electing not to speak about his recruitment Wall made no comments on specific schools or potential visits and the only hint he gave into his timeframe for making a decision was a brief one.

"Just in April," said Wall when he plans to narrow things down and make a decision. "Sometime in April."

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