When John Wall decided to attend Kentucky, the Wildcat fans knew they had something special at hand. But combined with Calipari, a few returning players and some strong newcomers, Wall was able to help coordinate a great turnaround at Kentucky.
After going 22-14 last season, the Wildcats managed to win 13 more games this year, finishing with a 35-3 mark. The turnaround was, in part, due to the play of freshman point guard John Wall. Wall averaged 17 points and six assists a game for Kentucky, leading the team in both categories. John was good enough to carry the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and now it appears he’ll be a top two pick in the NBA Draft.
While Wall is looking forward to the pros, he says he will fondly remember his time at Kentucky. “I loved every second, every moment that I had at the University of Kentucky,” Wall said on Thursday morning.
With his position in the draft very solid, it would be easy for Wall to coast for the rest of the semester, but that’s not in his plans. “I’m finishing out my school year. I didn’t come here jus to be a basketball player. I am going to finish up my degree. I’m coming back every summer,” Wall said.
Wall’s destined to be an NBA millionaire, but the degree is still important.
“I promised my dad that I was going to come back (to school) and get my degree and that’s what I’m going to do,” said Wall.
In the meantime, Wall plans to do everything in his power to make life easier for his mother who has worked hard to care for him since the passing of his father.
“I can make a better life for my mom,” he said. “I’m just worried about getting my mom a house and a car. I just want to show her how much I love her and care,” he finished.
Wall is proud of his accomplishments this season and is working out to continue to improve his draft stock, hoping to reach yet another goal.
“If I get that number one pick, that’s going to be a dream come true. If I go one or two, I’m going to be happy. I want to reach my goal.”
In the end, Wildcat fans will remember Wall fondly as well.
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