KENNY WALKER: Wall's speed is "incredible"

I like all the kids on this year's team. When I have introduced myself to them, they all knew who I was and were very polite. I have really been impressed with all the new guys not only on the court, but also off the court.

Being that John Wall was the No. 1 high school player in America last year, he went through a lot of hype to prepare him for this season at Kentucky. But on the court, he does two things that just make me go wild. His speed and quickness and jumping ability are unreal. His ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour at the drop of a dime is incredible. That is something that you cannot teach. Then when you add the jumping ability and ability to finish at the rim whether a dunk or dropping a pass off to a big guy, you can't teach that. That is an instinct that he is just blessed with.

I personally think that is maybe better than a third of the point guards in the NBA right now. I know that is a big statement, but he is that good.

He's also humble, and I like that. He has gone through some struggles in his life, especially in high school, it forces you to mature. I think he has gone through some things that a lot of kids his age don't go through. He has been forced to grow up in the public eye. We all know when you put on the blue and white at Kentucky, you are going to be in the public eye. It's something you have to handle and he has shown a lot of maturity. He is a smart kid, a very intelligent kid and is blessed with so much ability.

I think the thing that will impress people the most from talking to him and watching him at practice is his leadership ability for a freshman. I wish some of our upperclassmen could be a little more vocal like he is, but he has a great knowledge and feel for the game.

Whether it is one year or two years that he is here, I just want to enjoy him while we got him because there's no question he's going to be a star in the NBA.

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