Kentucky freshman point guard John Wall has dominated college basketball so far this season. Who is this guy? Here are some facts about John Wall.
Johnathan Hildred Wall was born September 6, 1990 in Raleigh, North Carolina. His nickname is "The Great Wall." His other name-related moniker is "Hildred's Got Skill dreds." It's understandably in a far distant second place to "The Great Wall."
As a fifth-year high school senior during the 2008-2009 season, Wall was ranked as the top point guard in the country and in the top five players overall by every scouting service. Wall hung around his high school for that additional fifth year so he could wow younger chicks with his Trans-Am.
In his senior year, Wall led his his high school, Word of God Christian Academy, to the North Carolina Class 1A state championship, but the team lost on a 40-foot shot at the buzzer. It was just the latest classic game in the rivalry between Word of God Academy and There is No God High.
Wall committed to play for John Calipari at Kentucky on May 19, 2009. He also gave serious consideration to Duke and Miami. Miami. That's hilarious. This kid is going to be huge. Fans love an athlete with a good sense of humor.
During the summer it was discovered that Wall received money from his former AAU coach, which violates NCAA rules because his coach was a certified agent. Wall was suspended for Kentucky's first exhibition game (vs. Campbellsville) and first regular season game (vs. Morehead State). That will teach him to do that again.
Wall is expected to declare for the NBA draft following his freshman season. Thankfully during his fifth year of high school he earned a graduate degree in open gym.