Wall Considering Wildcats and Others

Scout.com's number three overall player, point guard John Wall, is still receiving heavy interest from multiple programs, including the University of Kentucky. KSR caught up with Wall's D-One Sports head coach Brian Clifton at the LeBron James camp, where Wall is a participant.

Scout.com's number three overall player, point guard John Wall, is still receiving heavy interest from multiple programs, including the University of Kentucky. KSR caught up with Wall's D-One Sports head coach Brian Clifton at the LeBron James camp, where Wall is a participant.

The 6-foot-3 North Carolina native averaged around 20 points and nine assists a game for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, leading them to their second straight 1-A title this season. During this spring and early summer, Wall has solidified himself as one of the top players in the nation and is also one of the top targets for Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie and several other programs.

"A lot of schools are trying to talk to him," said Clifton. "The schools that are most relevant at his time are Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kentucky, Oregon and Memphis. They are constantly on him. He's just trying to let it all sink in. We'll try to compile a list in August."

Wall has been around to several campuses so far, so he has been exposed to most schools on his list. "He went to the Oklahoma State Elite Camp, Baylor's Elite Camp. He's been to Kentucky, Oklahoma and Oregon. He's been to North Carolina State and he's been to North Carolina. That's about it right now. We've been mostly trying to focus on the out of state schools," said Clifton.

Wall's game is pretty simple, yet very effective. He likes to push the ball in transition. "John just has a God given ability that gives him an extra gear that most guys don't have with the ball in their hands," said Clifton. "He's at his best in the open floor. He's got that length and a really long wingspan that makes it easy for im to get by guys. He can finish above the rim," continued Clifton. "He has the ability to get into the paint and turn on the extra speed. Then he can get other guys involved," Clifton finished.

"Style of play is important. The school's personnel is important," said Clifton. "He understands that if we don't surround him with guys who can catch and finish and knock down shots, he can't be at his best," Clifton said. "He wants to play uptempo basketball. He would like to get into a situation where guys can get up and won. He wants to play where they allow his instincts to make plays," Clifton finished.

Wall has performed well so far at the LeBron James Skills Camp. "He's playing pretty well. They haven't really played a lot of up nd down game yet. He's soaking things up that will help his game. His focus has been good and his effort has been good," said Clifton.

Wall and his D-One Sports squad will be participating in the Peach Jam this coming weekend. Then they will play in the Main Event in Las Vegas from July 20th through 25th. They'll also be participating in the Super Showcase in Orlando from July 27th through August 2nd.

Wall is the number three overall player in the 2009 class according to Scout.com and he's the top point guard prospect in the listings.


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