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Say It Ain't So: John Wall May Not Be the Top Player in the NBA Draft

Danny Flynn@FlynnceptionSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2010

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks on the court with his head down against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2010 in Syracuse, New York. West Virginia won 73-66. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Get ready.

Yes, sports fans, get ready.

Get ready for the national media's onslaught of John Wall.

I'll try and desensitize it for you right now.

John Wall

John Wall

John Wall

Hopefully that helps.

It's true that by the time late June rolls around, and the actual NBA draft takes place, the media will have you believing that John Wall is Magic Johnson, Jesus, and The Beatles all rolled into one.

If tonight's draft lottery being marketed as the John Wall sweepstakes is any indication, the next month is going to be a fun but often annoying ride.

It's not like we haven't been through the ringer with this Wall character for some time now.

Yes, the hype machine has been in full force since November when Wall first stepped on the court for John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats. He was donned as the second coming of something or somebody.

But if it were only so simple.

Let's take a closer, in-depth look at John Wall.

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An incredible athlete? Check.

An incredible playmaker? Check

An incredible all-around basketball player? Eh, not so much.

At just 19 years of age, is John Wall really ready to carry an NBA Franchise on his back?

The short and simple answer is No.

As I watched Wall in this year's Elite Eight game against West Virginia, I, like the rest of America, went "wow, that man can run up and down the court like nobody's business."

However, I was also left with the impending feeling of wanting more from the young point guard.

Watching him throw around misguided passes and hoist up bad shots, I saw his lack of discipline and fundamentally sound play become painfully evident.

Yes, Wall is an incredible talent but he is far from a refined basketball player.

So are the Wizards really the winners in this so called Wall Sweepstakes?

As Lee Corso says so eloquently on Saturdays during the fall, "not so fast, my friends."

John Wall will get the publicity, but don't be fooled, there are some great talents to be had this year besides Calipari's wunderkind.

Let's throw three names out there that'll come into play after Washington takes Wall with the first pick.

Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, and Wesley Johnson.

For my money, all are as ready or even more ready for the NBA as Wall.

Evan Turner may lack Wall's eye-popping athleticism, but don't doubt his game. The 21-year-old junior has shown he is capable of being a solid scorer and leader during his time as a Buckeye.

At 6'7, Turner represents a solid mismatch option and has shown he can create scoring opportunities for himself.

Philadelphia will count themselves lucky to team Turner with Jrue Holliday over the next few years as they look to revitalize their franchise.

Derrick Favors of Georgia Tech is a player that battled it out with Wall for top player of the high school class of 2009 honors.

Favors has a body that NBA GMs crave in a power forward.

He can get it done on both ends of the floor and can affect a game in many different ways.

Big men are always at a premium and there aren't many that come out looking as good as Derrick Favors.

If the Nets take Favors at three, he could be a perfect complement to Brook Lopez in the front court.

And as for Wesley Johnson, my personal favorite in this year's draft, well let's just say he has what it takes to be one of the better 3s in the NBA.

The Iowa State transfer exploded onto the scene this year and took the Big East by storm. He has everything you want in a small forward prospect and has the type of game that transfers to the NBA extremely well.

There is no doubt in my mind that wherever Johnson ends up, he will have a franchise changing type of impact.

So as Jay Bilas sits there on draft night and tells you how John Wall will set the NBA on fire with his ability, do yourself a favor and sift through the hype.

I'm not going to disparage the young man's ability as he certainly has a ton of it. However, the sports media has a silly way of overhyping a young man every now and then, don't they?

Heck, they somehow convinced the NFL fan base that a defensive tackle, Ndamukong Suh, would have a substantial impact this season in today's pass-heavy NFL.

John Wall is terrific player but always remember that the player rarely warrants the hype.

Again, where going to be hammered over the head with how great John Wall is over the next month, but let's keep our wits about us and keep it all in perspective.

Wall may turn out to be solid player for the Wizards, but he is far from the franchise savior the media will make him out to be.

There are other great players to be had this year as well.

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