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John Wall will use time off to graduate from Kentucky and help his mother during fight with cancer


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Back in December, it was announced former Kentucky star John Wall would undergo surgery to repair a Haglund’s deformity and a chronic Achilles tendon injury in his left heel, a procedure that would keep him out of basketball for six to eight months.

Last week, it was then announced that Wall ruptured his Achilles following a slip-and-fall at home, moving his timetable for a return back 12 months.

For a player that relies on speed and athleticism the way the former Wildcat does, it’s a tough pill to swallow.

But it doesn’t come close to what we learned yesterday evening.

Last night during his first public appearance following the injury, Wall announced he had even more devastating news.

When asked about where his spirits were what he would do to pass the time during the rehabilitation process, Wall said his mother was battling cancer and he would be helping her through that process.

When it rains, it pours.

On a slightly more optimistic and happy note, Wall also announced that he would be returning to Kentucky to finish his degree and graduate.

Fred Katz of The Athletic said Wall is “close to graduation.”

Wall’s former Kentucky teammate, DeMarcus Cousins, who just returned from a torn Achilles injury of his own a few weeks ago, said he called the Washington Wizards star to share his sympathy and offer a few pieces of advice.

Cousins also said he doesn’t believe for a second this injury will slow Wall down in the future.

“I know he’ll overcome this, no doubt in my mind,” he said.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Wall during this difficult time. Hopefully the Big Blue Nation can lift his spirits when he returns to Lexington here in a little while.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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4 responses to “John Wall will use time off to graduate from Kentucky and help his mother during fight with cancer”

  1. 57nukeduke

    These injuries are devastating, I’m glad to see Boogie is doing well on his comeback, I hope the same for John.

  2. CatsforNine

    Wish him the best, a man that lives to better the lives around him and finishing school as a commitment to his mother. Good deal!

  3. Aar

    Gotta be much tougher for a guard to return after an Achilles tear than a big guy. Wish him the best on recovery and his mother’s battle. Glad he’s publicly finishing school.

  4. RealCatsFan

    Prayers going out for JW that his mom is successful in her battle. She has been right beside him all the way, so it is great to see him doing this for her. John has truly grown into a man, and he has his priorities in order.