Tag:Ed Davis
Posted on: May 7, 2009 7:10 pm
Edited on: May 8, 2009 10:24 am

John Wall and 'all' his Baggage

People won't shut up about John Wall. I won't shut up about John Wall. This guy seems like he's taking up every headline in the college basketball world. Perhaps the fact that 4-6 schools are continuing their pursuit of this point guard is the reason for the hoop-la. I've seen mixtapes and clips of the player on YouTube, and yes he is astonishing and yes he'd make any college program a potential champion. North Carolina threw themselves into this mix and honestly it was a big mistake. Sure I said that when Roy made a call from the Final Four that he was being heroic and was making a valiant attempt at landing this recruit, however what has transpired in the last few days and weeks is not something North Carolina wants to associate with.

I'm going to list a several reasons I don't want this point guard to be at North Carolina. Firstly I want to acknowleded that prior to the latest news I indeed desired him to be in a North Carolina uniform.

John Wall, the country's top unsigned high school recruit in basketball, has been charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering after police found him walking out of a vacant house in North Carolina. (Source )
That's a given. I don't care if he is doing well in high school, scoring A+'s or even failing classes and not even showing up. I don't care if he's at the gym at 6AM shooting hoops or if he's at the gym until 9PM being late for dinner. Wall committed a crime and that's the biggest turn off to me. Some will differ, but in my opinion that's not what I call a prodigy or a good impression. O.K., Ty Lawson ran into a bit of trouble. Many players do in their college and professional careers. Aside from that though, this guy has the whole college basketball world zoning in upon him. Why in hell would he do that? Maybe it is some strategy or ploy but please, give me a break. Roy do not recruit this player.


Media attention. Google John Wall and hits will be all over the place. I cannot stand the fact that this player is getting more attention than Ed Davis' decision in regards to returning to UNC. Sure it was a one and done thing at a press conference, but this player is not even ready or has not even trimmed his list down to a few schools. According to some sources he has, according to the judge who is charging him with a crime probably doesn't care. And nor do I. North Carolina has produced some limelight type of players who have not been camera shy or negligent toward the media. But this guy doesn't seem humble one bit. Of course I don't know him and can't judge, but I'm just stating what I feel and how I am reacting to what's happened in recent times.


One and done is my biggest turn off. John Wall will 99.9% be a one and done deal type of recruit. He'll come in, take his team to the Elite 8, Final Four or the Championship game and then leave. I have no problem with players doing that, but when it comes to North Carolina players doing that, I do. Blake Griffin - respect to him. Rose - not so much, but I understand and don't truly care because Memphis is not who we are talking about. Whatever Calipari did was truly great, he raised an amazing guard and look at him soaring in the NBA. Rose did great things and continues to do them, but I believe that a player should experience a minimum of 2 years in college before going. Don't get me started on Brandon Jennings. With that said, I don't want Wall to come to North Carolina and expect it to be "John Wall Tar Heels". Roy won't put up with that and nor will the team. If Drew II picks it up and Wall sits - so be it. If Strickland does the same - so be it. Wall will have to deal with it and that my friends is the reason I don't think we want him wearing Carolina Blue.

There is my rant and for all other fans who disagree, that's O.K. Everybody seeks somebody in the NCAA and that's what recruting is all about. A lot of fun is also involved in this game and I enjoy it to the max. I believe that Wall has about 12 to 13 days before he'll declare his verdict. It will be interesting if he ends up in an ACC team or in the SEC. Don't count out the Big 12 either because Kansas is eyeing him.

For now, let the games roll on.

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