Is John Wall The Second Coming Of Isiah Thomas?
The last time I felt this way Iverson was playing in Georgetown, dominating the NCAA but the feeling soon fizzled away as I noticed Iversons lack of making correct basketball plays.
In the case of John Wall he can definitely change the course of the game scoring, but he doesn't force it. He seems to always make the correct basketball play.
Simlar to Isiah before him he is always on the attack, on both sides of the court with a average of 16.8 PPG 6.2 AST and 4.2 RPG he's the most vital piece of UK's success.
What makes him special is not the numbers he gets, but how he gets them, he seems to always rise to the occasion when his team needs him the most.
This season John Wall has proven time and again that he reign at the top of NCAA players that are ready for the next level. With performance after performance of clutch play such as 11/17/09 - In his collegiate debut at Kentucky versus Miami University, Wall made the game winning shot with .5 seconds left on the clock to help then # 5 ranked Kentucky win. He finished with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
11/19/09 - In his 2nd career game, against Sam Houston State, Wall topped his debut performance with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 102-92 winning effort.
11/21/09 - In his 3rd career game, against Rider, Wall scored 21 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and having only 2 turnovers.
11/24/09 - In his 5th career game, against Stanford, Wall scored a career high 23 points, hitting 2 free throws with 2.4 seconds left to send the game in to overtime.
12/05/09 - In his 7th career game Wall and the Wildcats faced one of their major rivals, North Carolina, who was ranked #10 at the time. Wall battled cramping throughout the game but was able to lead his team to victory despite the fact that they squandered a double digit lead in the second half, with the final score being 68-66. Wall contributed 16 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
12/09/09 - In his first game in Madison Square Garden, against then-ranked #12 Connecticut, Wall scored a team-high 25 points, to go with 6 steals, and scored 12 of UK's last 15 points for a 64-61 victory, moving Kentucky to #3 on the AP polls.
12/12/09 - Against UK's rebuilding rival Indiana, Wall scored a career-low 11 points and turned the ball over once, while playing all but one minute of the game. This game marked the third time in Wall's 9-game career that he scored at least 10 points and had at least 8 assists, which leaves him 2 games away from tying a UK record, which was set by Wayne Turner.
12/29/09 - Against Hartford Wall set the UK single game assist record with 16, 11 in the 1st half, and only 1 turnover. The mark was previously held by Travis Ford, at 15, and was broken on Ford's 40th birthday. This is also the highest number of assists in one game recorded by any NCAA collegiate player this season as of 12/29/2009. Failed to break double digits in scoring (9 points) for the first time in his college career.
No other player has proven to be able to shoulder thier team in a games most crucial moments then John Wall, including Evan Turner.
The true test is how he will fair performing on basketballs biggest stage, the NBA, if he is able to transfer his fiery competitive spirit and hardnose play over to the big leagues.
He may even be able to surpass the great Chicago born guard, Isaiah "Zeke" Thomas.
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