Wall: 'I Had a Good Time'

With the nation's top two prospects, Derrick Favors and John Wall, on campus, this was a big weekend for NC State's basketball program.

With the nation's top two prospects, Derrick Favors and John Wall, this was a big weekend for NC State's basketball program.

Favors, the No. 1 player in the 2009 class according to Scout.com, was on his official visit to NC State. Wall, the No. 2 player and the nation's top point guard, made an unofficial visit... he actually took a few.

A local product out of Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy, Wall attended NC State's football game against Florida State last Thursday night.

"The football game was good," said Wall. "I was there with C.J. [Leslie], Dez [Wells], and the guys. We sat with the players and coaches and watched the game.

"The fans were showing us some love. They kept coming up and talking to us and I had a chance to meet David Thompson. It was cool."

The next day NC State held its first official practice of the hoops season and Wall stopped by to catch the Pack in action.

"The practice on Friday was good because I got to watch them play," he said. "Coach Lowe was doing some new stuff with the team. I can see that he is trying to get them to push the ball more... get out and run. I can see how he's trying to change it up and push it a lot more.

"The main thing I did that day was chill and watch with C.J., Dez, and Derrick [Favors]."

Did Wall have a chance to talk with Favors about his recruitment?

"We talked some," said Wall. "He was cool. He was on his official visit and we just talked some about the schools he was looking at and the schools that I'm looking at. I know he can play so it would be great to play with a big man like him."

The next day NC State had an open practice for fans and media to attend. Wall left impressed with the fan support.

"I had a good time at the practice on Saturday," he said. "We went in and the fans were doing all of these cheers for us and all kinds of chants.

"It was crazy. I signed some autographs... hung out with the guys. It was a good experience."

A few months ago it appeared NC State may have been slipping with Wall. However, after these visits they are certainly in the mix.

"They've always been under consideration," said Wall. "State is right here at my house and I know that a lot of my friends and family would want me to stay close to home and play.

"Some of them wouldn't be able to watch me play or go to my games if I went away for college, but if I wanted to go away to college I think they would be cool with my decision."

Wall's recruitment will be a battle for a host of programs. He has stated that Memphis, Kansas, NC State, Baylor, and Oregon stand out, and Kansas has already received an official visit. Over the weekend, the Jayhawks landed a verbal commitment from five-star combo guard Elijah Johnson. Will that play a factor in Wall's decision?

"I'm still wide open with them," Wall said of Kansas. "Just because they got one kid isn't going to keep me from going there if that's where I wanted to go. I'll still consider going there, and I still could go there."

Here are Wall's thoughts on the programs currently under consideration.

Memphis: "They play my style, and they get up the floor. Coach Cal seems like a good coach."

Oregon: "They get up-and-down the floor too, and they try and let their guards play."

Kansas: "They try and do the same as Oregon. They get up-and-down the floor, and they run some pick-and-rolls."

Baylor: "It's the same with the other two schools. They get up-and-down the floor."

NC State: "Coach Lowe is a good coach, and he has played the point guard position on every level. I feel like he can help me with that."

This year's fall signing period begins November 12th. Wall, who maintains that he doesn't have a leader, intends on taking the SAT on November 1st and says that he will visit Memphis the following weekend.

With four official visits left, Wall is now leaning towards signing during the spring period.

"I don't think I will sign in the fall period," he said. "I want to take all my visits to the schools and give them an opportunity to impress me. You can't pick a school if you haven't been on their campus."

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