We all knew John Wall can play and, honestly, that’s enough for me. However, it doesn’t seem to be enough for Wall, at least according to this article by the incomparable Larry Vaught. Wall is quickly learning, and it doesn’t hurt to have somebody like Patrick Petterson around for this, what it means to not just be a superhuman being but also a super, human being.
“I did want to prove to people that I am not just a basketball player. I’m not just the No. 1 player (in the recruiting class) when I step on the basketball court. I am working on trying to hit the books very hard,” he said. “I did great this summer getting a 4.0 (grade-point average) and hopefully I will do that this school year. I am not just trying to slack off. I want to hit the books and be a great student-athlete, not just a good basketball player.”
In the days of OJ Mayo and other horror stories of the one-and-done rule, it darn near brings a tear to your eye to know that our first one-and-done is committed to the entirety of the college experience no matter how long he’s on campus. And, according to Wall himself, maybe that won’t just be one year.
“I want to be a true student-athlete, hit my books and get better on the basketball court. I want to have a great season. If my team does well and I do well like I am supposed to, I don’t have to worry about the NBA. Coach Cal and the NBA scouts will tell me when to go. If not, then I will come back to Kentucky,” he said.
Of course, while it’s highly unlikely Wall sticks around to see if he can improve on being the number one prospect in next year’s draft, the fact that he understands that the thing that can help his stock the most is his team winning games bodes very well for the Wildcats this year. The biggest question mark for any star freshman is usually whether or not he can adjust to the scope of college basketball and all the new reponsibilities that come along with playing at a place like Kentucky. Wall seems to have that straightened out, so I guess all there is left to do is ball. And I think I covered that part already.