Wizards Not Guaranteeing John Wall Anything

by May 23, 2010

All year long we’ve assumed that John Wall would be going No. 1 in the Draft no matter what team held the pick. That maybe no longer be true. As the Washington Post writes: “Wall and Turner both met with Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld, Coach Flip Saunders and other personnel on Thursday and likely will be the only two players to work out for the top slot at Verizon Center. Although he is considered the prohibitive favorite to go first, Wall said he didn’t receive any assurances from the Wizards in his 30-minute meeting. ‘Nah, that’s what I’m waiting for, to see if I’m their guy,’ Wall said. ‘It’s up in the air.’ Turner said he came away with a similar sense of ambiguity. When asked if the meetings helped sway him one way or another, Grunfeld refused to publicly acknowledge his leaning. ‘They both were really impressive young men. Very serious, focused. They really know what they want out of their careers,’ Grunfeld said, without getting into specifics…The 6-foot-4 Wall said his conversation touched on his ability to play with Gilbert Arenas, a three-time all-star who plays the same position. Wall said it shouldn’t be a problem for him — so long as Wall doesn’t have to change positions. ‘If they pick me, if they want me to be the player that I want to be, I have to have the ball in my hands, as a point guard and lead the offense,’ said Wall.'”