Wall Emerges as National Talent

John Wall had a solid sophomore high school season, but stayed under the national radar. That all changed at one camp – a camp he nearly didn't get into.

Wall, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Raleigh (N.C) Word of God Academy, was supposed to be at the Reebok Headliner camp in Greensboro, but a track meet prevented him from attending. So he made a trip all the way to Chicago for the Headliner event in the Windy City and there earned an invite to the main event, RBK U.

"They said I did really well," Wall said. "When I got to RBK U I was nervous at first, but I knew this was my chance to play against the people I've been hearing about and get my chance to get my name out there."

Wall certainly got his name out there. His play at RBK U had coaches, analysts and AAU coaches talking for weeks after the event. His speed and ability to get to the rack led to a boost in college interest.

Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, N.C. State and Ohio State all came forth with scholarship offers, while Indiana, California and Texas jumped in the mix and began recruiting him.

North Carolina got the word as well. The Tar Heels watched a number of his games in Las Vegas, including head coach Roy Williams.

"They saw me play in Las Vegas," Wall said. "Roy Williams and a couple other coaches were there. Since then they've been showing a lot of interest lately."

Although the Tar Heels haven't offered him a scholarship, they did tell Wall that they plan to keep tabs on him.

"The only person I've talked to is Coach [Steve] Robinson," Wall said. "He just said that he wanted to recruit me."

According to Wall, Williams saw him at his best event. Even though Wall's coming out party was at RBK U, he felt like the RBK Summer Championships is where he played his best ball and got to showcase his full game.

"At the Reebok tournament I think I did real well," said Wall, who is now ranked the No. 2 point guard in the 2009 class by Scout.com and the No. 12 prospect overall. "When we first got into the tournament everybody was doubting us, but at the Big Time 17-and-under division I think I did well controlling my team and leading them far [in the tournament]."

Going to school in Raleigh, Wall is right in the middle of ACC country. The local standout admitted that the ACC is his favorite conference and he hopes to play in it one day.

"I just really like the ACC because I've lived around it a while," he said. "I've been to a couple of games. I don't have any favorite teams, but I just like the ACC in general."

Despite having offers from some of the top schools in the country, Wall said he plans to wait out the process. His goal is to take some visits in the fall, but he said doesn't plan to make his final decision until his senior year.

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