As we enter into the distinguished calendar month that is March Madness, one player that will garner particular and well-deserved attention throughout the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is freshman sensation John Wall. Wall, the 6″4 starting point guard for the University of Kentucky, is a fan-favorite and for good reason. Although he was a clear star during his time at his high school alma mater, Word of God, John Wall has amassed a nationwide following in his first season at UK that only grows by each highlight. He will be one of the most closely watched players in the 2010 NCAA tournament, particularly because the stretch of Kentucky’s games will probably be the last that fans get to see of John Wall as a Wildcat.
John Wall on Offense and Defense
John Wall has captivated the attention of countless fans because of his explosive tendencies on both ends of the court. Search John Wall on YouTube and you will find videos that capture his relentlessness on both offense and defense. Whether the highlight features John Wall seamlessly dunking in the open court (or in heavy traffic, for that matter) or mercilessly blocking an opponent’s own drive to the basket, one cannot help but admire his play and approach to the game that might only be accurately described as ferocious. Kentucky coach John Calipari has accordingly called John Wall a coach’s dream. I just say John Wall is ferocious. There, I said it.
John Wall Leaving Early for the NBA
Nevertheless, there’s another reason that fans should cherish watching John Wall amid the 2010 March Madness tourney. Wall is the epitome of the one-and-down. He isn’t at UK to go to school; John Wall is there because it is the next step to playing in the NBA. It’s almost undisputed that John Wall will forego the opportunity to return to UK next season and instead decide to enter the NBA Draft. In this scenario, while I imagine that Wall will continue to play at a high level, the level of play in the NBA will, almost inevitably, temper his dominance. I personally believe that John Wall will emerge as a top guard at the professional tier; however, the ease at which he gets to the basket for a pretty lay-up or dunk, for instance, can expectedly suffer. Despite all my reservations, you can’t deny that John Wall is an elite talent with the definite potential to become a star in the NBA. Thankfully, those days aren’t here quite yet. In the end, and as a college basketball fan, I’m just saying that we need to cherish watching John Wall in the uniform I’m sure Kentucky fans would love to see him adorn for a couple more years. Of course, if you’re a true John Wall fan, it’s not like you needed this John Wall article to move you to savor the early twilight of his college days.