Monday, January 25th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  25 responses

John Wall on NBA Jump: ‘No Choice’

Here’s Wall, more or less confirming what everyone already knows anyway: “After filling his stat line again on Saturday (16 points, seven assists, three steals), Kentucky freshman John Wall said he had ‘no choice’ but to enter this year’s NBA Draft. That echoed UK Coach John Calipari insisting to radio host Dan Patrick earlier in the week that Wall would turn pro after this season. ‘I joke about coming back, and like you say, he tells me, no,’ Wall said after UK’s 101-70 victory over Arkansas on Saturday. When a reporter noted that players must obey their coach, Wall smiled and said, ‘Yeah. I really have no choice.’ Calipari told Patrick he’d wrestle with Wall rather than let the freshman return for a second UK season. ‘Coach might,’ a smiling Wall said. ‘He might pull my eye out. You never know.”‘

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  • slamfan4life

    this sucks for ncaa, but yay nba!!!

  • slamfan4life

    this sucks for ncaa, but yay nba!!!

  • anton

    who dat sumthin sumthin beat dem saints!

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    A few years ago I would have been surprised that a Coach would be so supportive of an underclassmen leaving early. But I guess this is a sign of the times where coaches may ‘have’ to be supportive in public so that they can attract the next 1 and done stars.

  • Saku 39

    I like Wall’s game and would draft him number one, but for some reason I would rather have Evan Turner.

  • Michael

    he should be in the nba already, this one and done thing is a joke, god i hate the ncaa

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    @Saku 39 – So… you would draft Turner with the #0 pick?

  • riggs

    in my opinion, i dont think he’s nba ready.

  • Tombomb

    Just my opinion, and compeltely agree with you Michael, but if I was as good as him I would want to be the greatest college player ever first and then aim to be the greatest nba player. So if it was me I’d probably stay all 4 years, if only for the legacy. But that should be a choice, they shouldn’t be forced to go to college at all.

  • ab_40

    this goes out to the first post. most ncaa watchers should kiss david stern his feet for that rule there are at least 5 guys who would get drafted in the top 15 out of high school most years. and these guys do a one and done. break records make millions of dollars for the school and get free sweat suits shoes and 1800 phone numbers from girls throughout the nation. that’s college in a nutshell for high profile recruits. think about it what would minnesota do with the no.1 pick? with flynn and sessions already on the team and rubio coming over in 2011. btw rubio is absolutely ballin in barcelona the thing is is that that team is most probably better than minnesota right now hehe

  • andre

    Tom- it makes little career and NO financial sense for Wall to stay; right now he’s a number 1 pickle. In a few years, there’s no telling. NCAA legacy means nothing.

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  • http://www.twitter.com/PDXGayBball dma

    @Tom – ask Tyler Hansbrough how that worked out.

  • Jrooks

    I should be in the draft then

  • tavoris

    @Saku-I see your reasoning depending on the team. Evan Turner isn’t the type of talent that’s gonna put fans in the seats, but he is definitely a good fit for a team looking for a quality 1 or 2.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Calipari is the best coach in the NCAA. He knows what his players want–and that’s to play in the pros. He doesn’t try and hold up the facade of “Student Athlete” and he knows the 1-and-done deal is pointless. He lets his players play and prepares them for the pros. The NCAA throw as much mud on this guy’s name, but Calipari still has the Number 1 team in the nation.

  • tavoris

    @Teddy-I don’t think anybody’s thrown mud on his name…his own shady dealings over the past TWO DECADES did that much.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Calipari is no more or less shady than 95 percent of the cats at big time schools.
    And I like that he pushes players to get that cheese instead of trying to convince them to hang around college and risk injury. I respect that about him even if he is shady as far as the NCAA rules. Then again, the NCAA’s rules are wack and the whole organization is ridiculous.

  • snasty10

    @ab-40, why would you risk millions of dollars and injury, just so you could be the best college player of all time, when he could be one of the best NBA players of all time. By the end of his first college season I’m pretty sure Wall will have made his mark on the college game.

  • Saku 39

    @Mo – It would be a PR blunder NOT to take Wall #1 but I’d consider drafting then trading him for Turner, like Webber and Penny. I think freak athletic ability is overrated for a PG; knowing how to play is more valuable. Of the top 3 PGs (CP3, Deron, Nash) none is really super athletic. That’s why I like Turner.

  • JMoney

    Correction Saku, Deron Williams has dummy athleticism

  • reaper

    wall will go at #1…as far as athleticism, he is way up there, but don’t forget the L has DRose.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    of course he has a choice. he can go take english 102 and trigonometry and some gay elective next fall, or he can go sign a million dollar contract to play basketball. choose wisely young John Wall…choose wisely. (dont stay in school)

  • tavoris

    TOUCHE, Allenp. I think it just sux that he keeps getting caught.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Please basketball gods, let Detroit have the #1 pick…