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Posted: June 24th, 2010

No one was more fun to watch in college basketball last season than Kentucky freshman point guard John Wall.

Let’s take a look at the first five picks of Thursday’s 2010 NBA Draft and see what they bring to the table.

1. Washington Wizards – John Wall (6-4, PG, Kentucky).
Strengths: Gifted athete, playmaker and brings size to PG position. Weaknesses: Needs to improve FT (Shot 75.4 percent at Kentucky), inexperience.
Impact on Wizards: Not only will he bring fans to the arena, Wall gives Washington a player they can immediately build around and put past troubles with the franchise.

2. Philadelphia 76ers – Evan Turner (6-7, SG/SF, Ohio State).
Strengths: Clutch, seasoned (played three years in college) and shoots a  high percentage  (shot 51.9 percent from the field last season). Weaknesses: Turnover prone and not as explosive around the rim in terms of finishing in traffic.
Impact on 76ers: Will have to play small forward, but teaming up with Andre Iguodala will give the 76ers two very good perimeter defenders. Has a very competitive edge, which Philadelphia has lacked in recent years.

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Posted in: NBA
Posted: May 21st, 2010

Like the first digit of his jersey number, Kentucky freshman point guard John Wall is the top player entering the NBA Draft.

Can five players from one school all wind up being lottery picks in the same year?

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe sure think so.

They each left the University of Kentucky this year for the NBA Draft, which is next month.

All five are NBA talents and many experts say all five will go in the first round.

The question I have is will Wall, Cousins, Patterson, Orton and Bledsoe be lottery picks. A lottery pick is someone taken in the first 14 picks of the draft.

We all know the 6-foot-4 Wall, who is blessed with tremendous talent, will be the first overall pick. Unless he gets hurt or the Washington Wizards know something the rest of us don’t, they will take Wall with the first overall pick.

Unless you got Kobe Bryant, point guard play is paramount in the NBA. Just see how Rajon Rondo has made Boston a legit title contender.

Didn’t Rondo go to UK too?

So let’s assume the Wizards draft Wall, where would the other four guys fit in the remaining 13 picks in the draft. Let’s take a look.

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Posted in: College hoops, NBA
Posted: December 5th, 2009

Remember when I showed you the dunk John Wall smashed on Jerry Stackhouse this summer? If you didn’t, just do a search on the blog.

The young fella can ball.

So I wasn’t surprised he did his thing in leading No. 5 Kentucky to a 68-66 win Saturday against No. 10 North Carolina at Rupp Arena.

Early in the game, he crossed over Larry Drew II in the open court for a two-handed dunk and then followed that up with a reverse lay up and a perfect lob pass to Patrick Patterson for a two-handed cram to help the Wildcats build a 19-point first-half lead.

Then he overcame a leg injury and hit two free throws with four seconds left to secure the win and stem off a great North Carolina comeback. Wall finished with 16 points.

Again, the young fella can ball.

Just continue the countdown for him declaring himself for the 2010 NBA Draft. He’s 6-4, got crazy handles, swagger and athleticism, can knock down the 3 and is only going to get better defensively.

Yep, John Wall is definitely in the building.

Posted in: College hoops, NBA

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