Kentucky's John Wall: Does He Have a Weakness?

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2010

It is without any question that John Wall is one of the most outstanding players in college basketball.  His flash, drive, and mentality are just a few things that make him the player he is. So the question is: Does John Wall have an actual weakness?

In Kentucky's previous game versus LSU, John Wall may have played his worst game of the season. He scored only six points, but the 'Cats played a complete game and rode DeMarcus Cousins to an 88-51 victory.

Wall, with and without the ball, is a serious threat, in that he can take any team's game plan and shred it.  Teams this season have tried desperately to keep the ball out of No. 11's hands but, in order to do so, you take other players out of your defense.

Double teams don't work against Kentucky, because every player has a different role. If you give help on John Wall with maybe a big man, then you run the risk of leaving Patterson or Cousins open under the basket—which never works in your favor.

If you try to play a zone to help keep Wall from slashing, then Darnell Dodson and Eric Bledsoe torch you from behind the arc. Wall is constantly moving and plays better when he gets his team involved, rather than him trying to take over the show.

Kentucky is more likely to win when Wall has 10 assists and six points, rather than 20 points and five assists. His passing ability and court awareness are the most impressive things about his game.  When he gets his team involved in the offense, no one has beat them this year.  

Many critics stated during his recruiting process, and at the beginning of the season, that John Wall did not have a jump shot and relied on pure athleticism to allow him to excel.  It is safe to say he has developed a jump shot.  He is shooting 37 percent from three-point range, which is not a shabby percentage for a player who was said to have "no real jump shot".  

The only weakness I can see with John Wall is that his fast-tempo style of play causes him to be turnover prone.  With the dribble drive motion offense though, turnovers are not uncommon, because it asks you to beat your man off the dribble and make a play. In a set offense, the passes tend to be much easier to make and are not as risky.

John Wall may be the most pure player to play college basketball since Kevin Durant just a few seasons ago. Like Durant there are few flaws in Wall's game.  Durant's season ended a little earlier than many would have thought, but his supporting cast was not as talented as Wall's.

If Wall continues to be the play-maker for the Wildcats and does not worry so much about being the top scorer, then he may make it to the podium in one season. Team play is much more crucial than just one player's stats.

 

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