Wednesday, May 20, 2009
It's Official: Wall To Kentucky
Word of God point guard John Wall ((pictured, thanks WRAL-TV)) held a press conference Wednesday, one day after announcing his intentions to attend Kentucky next fall to play basketball.
There were no surprises at the press conference, as Wall only confirmed that he would be signing with the Wildcats.
"It has been a very difficult process, but I have chosen to attend the University of Kentucky," Wall announced in his opening statement. He added that he may "try to major in something with computers."
The 6-foot-4, 175-pound Wall also noted that he may not be a one-and-done player, and that he could be at Kentucky for multiple seasons.
It has not been a secret that Wall, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2009, has had a good relationship with Kentucky coach John Calipari for some time, and Wall said that was the ultimate determining factor in his decision.
Wall said earlier this year that Memphis was his slight favorite, but after Calipari was hired at Kentucky, his recruitment took a turn.
"I wanted to go to a school where I could compete for a national championship, but I also wanted to go to a school that would fit me academically," Wall said.
Duke also made a late offer, and North Carolina coach Roy Williams called Wall from the Final Four in Detroit. No offer was ever extended from the Tar Heels, though.
"When [Calipari] switched jobs I opened up my recruitment," Wall said, adding that Calipari's move is what opened things up for other schools, like Duke.
There were also rumors that Wall may try to jump to the NBA Draft, however, Wall did not make that step. "I promised my mom and my dad, before he died, that I was going to attend college," Wall said.
Wall said he has been fielding "three or four" phone calls a day from college coaches in recent weeks, showing just how sought after Wall was. Rivals.com rates Wall the nation's No. 1 overall player, while Scout.com lists him as the No. 2. All recruiting analysts are in agreement, though - he is the best point guard in his class.
Duke and N.C. State - two teams who are in need of a point guard - both offered Wall scholarships. The Wolfpack got involved with Wall very early in the recruiting process, but Duke stepped up in the last few months.
WRAL confirmed last month that Wall was supposed to take a visit to Durham before making his final official visit to Miami, but the visit fell through.
"I would have loved to stay in state, but the best school for me was outside of the state," Wall said. There was speculation that he may try to stay close to home because of his mother's illness.
Wall was cited last month for breaking and entering after he was caught in an unoccupied home. Wall said Wednesday that he made a mistake, and apologized to his family and school.
In the end, Wall's decision came down to Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, N.C. State and Oregon; and Wall believes he has made the best decision for him athletically and academically.
WRAL confirmed Tuesday that Wall had committed to Kentucky, ending a long recruiting process for the nation's top point guard.
Here's the extended interview WRAL had with Wall...