2009 Intro: John Wall

Raleigh (NC) Word of God 2009 point guard John Wall burst on the national scene this past week at the inaugural Reebok U.

Raleigh (NC) Word of God 2009 point guard John Wall burst on the national scene this past week at the inaugural Reebok U.

"It was fun playing up there," said Wall. "When I first got up there I was a little nervous because it was my first time playing in a major event like that. After the first game I got into a rhythm and started playing real hard.

"Before we even got to the event the buzz was brewing about the herky-jerky athlete."

"At first we didn't have many coaches there at the games I was playing in, but then by the end we had coaches from schools like Arizona and Washington showing up. It was crazy."

"The Raleigh native was good in the spring but he's pretty much blown up here," said Scout.com National Recruiting Director Dave Telep. "Before we even got to the event the buzz was brewing about the herky-jerky athlete who gets to the rim and finishes. Then we didn't see anyone here slow his progress to the rim.

"His perimeter game behind the arc (zero 3's thus far) isn't there but the other pieces are lining up for a high-major recruitment. Since the high school season he's made considerable strides and has shown to be one of the best underclassmen guards at Reebok U."

Wall, who suits up for D-One Sports on the AAU circuit, attended NC State's Elite Camp in June.

"I did pretty well at NC State's camp," said Wall. "They said that I did really well. They said they are going to start recruiting me. They haven't offered me yet though.

"I haven't been offered by anybody. I'm wide open. I have a few schools looking at me like NC State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Virginia. I'm not looking for any certain offers. I want to drag it out and see what offers I get."

Expect his recruitment to explode as high-major coaches use the remaining camps to start pursuing 2009 prospects. Wall admits that he grew up a fan of the Atlantic Coast Conference and two programs in particular.

"I love the ACC."

"I love the ACC," he said. "I think it's the most competitive conference, and it seems like everybody plays hard in that league.

"I grew up favoring NC State and [North] Carolina. I liked Carolina a lot because Jordan went there and all that... that was my team growing up.

"I just like NC State, and my mom really likes NC State. Their coaches let them freelance on offense and they really run the pick-and-roll. I think that fits my game. They also have a nice school."

Wall's AAU teammate, 2010 forward C.J. Leslie, recently verbaled to NC State.

"I like playing with C.J.," said Wall. "He's suppose to be going to Word of God with me next year.

"NC State is a good choice for him. I like playing with him a lot. He plays hard."

At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Wall has great size for the point guard position and is one of the quickest players on the circuit. He dominated the Reebok Camp by attacking the basket at will and wreaking havoc on the defensive end of the floor.

"I like to get to the rack," said Wall. "That's what I do best."


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