Over the past year or so, I’ve gushed enough about a pair of Jo(h)ns (Wall and Hood) that you’d think my name was Heidi Fleiss. It’s no secret that my man-crush for John Wall is massive. However, Jason King at Rivals seems to be a bit infatuated himself and is writing down John Wall as his 2009-2010 National Player of the Year. King, who says Wall can become the third freshman to accomplish the feat, has this to say about our new point guard from Raleigh:
Don’t be surprised if Kentucky guard John Wall becomes the third freshman in four years to take home national player of the year honors. Kevin Durant did it in 2007 and Michael Beasley — at least according to some media outlets — accomplished the feat in 2008.
A 6-foot-4 point guard, Wall may accomplish even bigger things, as he’s already being projected as the top pick in the 2010 draft. He’ll also be playing on a team that has a realistic shot at winning the NCAA championship. Wall’s speed and athleticism should instantly make him one of the most exciting players in the college game, and you can bet he’ll have plenty of chances to showcase his talents in John Calipari’s dribble-drive offense.
Wall will enter what should be his only season at Kentucky just as highly touted as his aforementioned predecessors, who each were selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft after spending just one year as collegians.
Mike Huguenin, King’s counterpart, goes the safe rout and picks Kansas big man Cole Aldrich, who might get some serious fight for the award from his teammate Sherron Collins. I originally wanted to attribute Huguenin’s pick to the fact that he’s roughly the same size of Aldrich and once terrorized Ohio high school basketball with a barrage of hook shots – a premise I made up solely based on his name. However, a little light research found that to be completely untrue. He just thinks Aldrich is a good player, apparently. Understandable.