Archive for Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sought-after Wall opts to play for Kentucky

May 19, 2009, 11:58 a.m. Updated May 19, 2009, 2:56 p.m.


John Wall, one of the nation's most sought-after high school recruits, has decided to play for John Calipari and Kentucky.

The point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh had been pursued by numerous schools including Duke, Kansas and Miami. But he has committed to play join Calipari and the Wildcats, according to several media reports.

In an interview with on Tuesday morning, Wall said his relationship with Calipari put the Wildcats over the top. He's part of a UK class that the recruiting site ranks as the nation's best.

Word of God is planning a news conference for Wall to formally announce his decision Wednesday.

Wall was named The Associated Press men's player of the year for North Carolina in March.

Even before Wall made his decision, Calipari's first recruiting class at Kentucky included point guard Eric Bledsoe, forward DeMarcus Cousins and center Daniel Orton.

All-Southeastern Conference center Patrick Patterson also decided to withdraw his name from consideration for the NBA draft and return to the Wildcats. Guard Jodie Meeks, the team's leading scorer last year, hasn't yet announced whether he will stay at Kentucky or remain in the draft.


Brian Conrad 9 years, 1 month ago

Cal says he wants to play the toughest schools. hope we can schedule to play longterm. Love to revive Kentucky rivalry. will only play this team in NCAA as many of these players already have stated one and done. UK still has huge deli ma. they are 3 over with scholarships now 4 if Meeks returns. They will have a ton of very young talent , will still take KU with senior Sherron and Cole with talent around them. This recruiting class has taken UK from early NIT team to maybe final four. would love to play Cal for another Championship.

maxcrabb 9 years, 1 month ago

I second cooonrod, (but whats up with the name?).

The Kentucky games of the early 2000's were awesome! Very competitive and energetic. Found myself standing the whole time while watching at home.

(Were we really "seeking" Wall after filling up on our scholarships, or is the headline referring to schools in general attempting to recruit him?)

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