Simply put, John Wall is the best point guard I have seen all summer. From event to event this young man has proved that he deserves the moniker of the number one rated player in the nation at his position, and you could stand to have a good debate on weather he deserves to have that said about being the best overall in the nation. The 6-foot-4, 184-pound point guard from Word of God Academy in Raleigh, NC is every coaches dream, and every opponents nightmare. Wall is that rare guard that notices and makes adjustments according to how the game is being played. If the game needs to be slowed down, he has the ability to pull the ball back, and run the half court offense. However please don't sleep on that, because he can turn the pace of the game up in the blink of an eye.
John probably caught the attention of most casual fans this past June with his performances at various tournaments. To those of us however that follow Grassroots basketball; it came as no surprise that the rise of Mr. Wall would eventually come. John since has been earning accolades through out the country this summer: Pangos All American MVP, Reebok Summer Championships Team Champs (D-One Sports), Nike Global Championships All Tournament Team, and to end the summer he not only was invited to participate in the Boost Mobile Elite 24, he stole the show. Wall also earned Co-MVP honors along with Dominic Cheek as they lead the Skip to My Lou squad to a 135 to 121 victory over the Goat squad.
With success however comes adversity. John has been dealing with the rumors of his possible recruitment to Baylor since his AAU coach was offered the coaching position there. However he has dealt with those acquisitions in as honest and mature way as anyone can ask him to do. Along with that John's mother has recently suffered a lite to mild stroke, but with everything else he has stepped up to support his mother and the rest of his family. With prayers from family and friends, she should be back on her feet in due time.
This highlight waiting to happen has not just shown this journalist how he handles life on the court, but most importantly how he handles life off the court. Be sure to keep a look out for this very talented point guard. Here is a link to a mix tape on YouTube along with the monstrous one handed dunk at the Elite 24 that brought the crowd to it's feet.
Stay tuned for next week's Prep Basketball player! Heading to the State of Florida!