ESPNU's Biancardi on Wall, Cousins

Like most recruiting analysts, Paul Biancardi knew John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins could be extraordinary college players. However, even Biancardi, ESPNU's national director of recruiting, has been impressed with what the two Kentucky freshmen have done so far this season.

Like most recruiting analysts, Paul Biancardi knew John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins could be extraordinary college players. However, even Biancardi, ESPNU's national director of recruiting, has been impressed with what the two Kentucky freshmen have done so far this season.

"Cousins talent is everything you had seen it be. He can just dominate the low block because of his massive size strength and exceptional skill level," Biancardi said. "He certainly has demonstrated a face the basket game from the foul line area. He can take his man off the dribble and play pick and pop basketball facing basket.

"All that was evident in his game over the years. He was just extraordinary in all departments and a tremendous rebounder and shot blocker. But what has impressed me this year is how he has allowed Cal (John Calipari) to coach him. That is why he is experiencing such great success. He is coachable.

‘His big question mark coming into college was would he be that way or not. It takes a coach who understands today's player and coach Calipari is maybe the best at trying to help a payer reach his goal while helping the team simultaneously. If he was not coachable or was not allowing Cal to coach, he would not have had this success. It would have come maybe two or three years from now, but not this quick."

What about Wall?

"Wall is shooting the ball so well . Anybody who has watched him play in the past has to be surprised by his 3-point shooting. I attribute that to John wall working on his weakness and also coach Cal realizing that Wall was deficient in this area," Biancardi said. "With the great staff Cal has, they obviously have put a lot of time into his shooting and John Wall obviously has spent a lot of time on his own working on his shot. His 3-point accuracy has to be a big surprise to most people. Everything else you are seeing from Wall is just a carryover from his high school game.

"What a lot of people didn't know about him was his tremendous passion and love for the game. That is evident every time he plays. He comes to play all the time. Take all his great talent — and he has plenty — but what separates him from a lot of other talented players is that ability to come to play and how he loves to play every day."

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