Wall Ready for Senior Season

John Wall wants to win another title. Winning is the ultimate goal in sports and during his first two years at Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy Wall and his team have captured back-to-back N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A Titles.

John Wall wants to win another title. Winning is the ultimate goal in sports and during his first two years at Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy Wall and his team have captured back-to-back N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A Titles.

"Winning is why you play," said Wall. "I love to win. With our team we have coming back and who we have added, I think we are going to be really good. I can't wait."

Returning are Wall, 2010 five-star forward C.J. Leslie, and talented 2011 wing Dezmine Wells. The team has added sophomore guard Bishop Daniels and also rugged junior forward Montel Baines.

"I think the new guys are going to help us out a lot," said Wall. "Of course we've got C.J., and Dez is back too. We've now got Bishop who can come in and play for us at the two and Montel works hard inside and he'll help us in there.

"I'm going to try to run the show. Sometimes I might play off the ball and get on the wing since I'm one of the best finishers on the team, but I think I'm going to be on the ball a lot."

He should be. Rated a five-star prospect, the No. 1 senior point guard, and the No. 2 player in the country by Scout.com, Wall is a magician with the ball in his hands. At 6-foot-4 and 180 pounds, he is the toughest player to guard in high school basketball.

Wall knows what he can do attacking the basket, in transition, and creating for his teammates. This summer, he tried to improve on what many consider the major flaw in his game.

"I worked hard on my jumpshot," he said. "I know that's what I have to get better at, and I think I've done that. I feel better shooting it... I have a lot of confidence in it."

He is also confident in his defense.

"I think my defense comes from playing hard," Wall said. "I realized last year at Reebok U. that I had to go at them on the defensive end. I didn't just need to score, I need to play hard defense.

"When you look at the NBA, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are two of the best players in the league and both play defense. Kobe is one of the best defensive players in the league. Just because he's a really good scorer isn't enough for him... that's why I try and play real hard on defense."

Wall isn't just looking forward to his senior season... his college decision is also looming. Five schools remain in the mix, and he took his first official visit a couple of weeks back.

"Kansas, Memphis, NC State, Baylor, and Oregon are still really in there," he said. "I feel like they all are recruiting me hard. I'm going to try and get out and visit all five, but the only one I've taken an official visit to is Kansas.

"I think all of the visits are going to be good, and the visit to Kansas was good. The coaches and the players made me feel wanted there. I had a good time."

The five-star standout hasn't scheduled any other official visits, but he intends on taking an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend.

NC State's campus is just minutes away from Wall's home, and he knows that this is a big weekend for the Wolfpack's basketball program. Not only are they beginning practice for the 2008-2009 season, but center Derrick Favors, the No. 1 player in the country according to Scout.com, will be in Raleigh for his NC State official visit.

"I'm going to try and stop by NC State this weekend," said Wall. "I want to hang out with Derrick Favors. He's a good player... it wouldn't be bad to play with him.

Having him visit says a lot about State. He's a real good player, and I feel like they've been getting a lot of people out of Atlanta. I feel like they've got a strong shot at getting him."

For Wall, his decision should come in November because he intends on signing in the early signing period. What is going to be the biggest factor in his decision?

"I've got to go where it feels like home," he said. "I think you've got to pick the college where you feel at home... where you feel the most comfortable.

"This is a big decision for me, and it's going to be my decision. I'm going to make the decision because I'm going to have to live with it. If I pick where I want to go and it doesn't work out, I can't get mad at anyone else because I picked where I wanted to go and no one did it for me."


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