Johnathan Hildred Wall, Jr. (born September 6, 1990) is an American professional basketball point guard with the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Wall was chosen first overall in the 2010 NBA Draft by the Wizards. He played one year at the University of Kentucky.
Wall is the son of Frances Pulley and John Carroll Wall, Sr. When Wall was 8 years old, his father was released from prison but died of liver cancer a month later, on August 24, 1999 at the age of 52. Throughout his childhood, Wall's mother worked multiple jobs to support Wall, his sister, Cierra, and his half-sister, Tonya.
Wall played AAU basketball for D-One Sports.
High school career
Wall played his first two years of high school basketball at Garner Magnet High School in Garner, North Carolina. After his second season, his family moved to Raleigh and Wall repeated his sophomore year at Needham B. Broughton High School. Despite a very impressive tryout, Wall was cut from the Broughton basketball team for attitude-related issues. As a result Wall transferred from Broughton High School to Word of God Christian Academy, also in Raleigh.
In the summer of 2007, after his sophomore year of high school, Wall was invited to the 2007 Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia. Wall distinguished himself by scoring 28 points against a team that featured future lottery pick Brandon Jennings.
In 2008, Wall played in the Elite 24 Hoops Classic. He scored 10 points and earned co-MVP honors with Dominic Cheek, Maalik Wayns and Lance Stephenson.
As a fifth-year senior in 2009 Wall averaged 19.7 points, 9 assists and over 8 rebounds for Word of God Christian Academy and was ranked as one of the best high school basketball players in his class. Wall led Word of God to the North Carolina Class 1A state championship where they were defeated by United Faith Christian Academy 56–53 after United Faith's Ian Miller hit a 40 foot shot at the buzzer. Wall scored 11 points in the game. He was selected to participate in the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon. He scored 13 points to go along with 11 assists and 5 steals. He was also selected to play in the 2009 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden where he notched 6 assists.
Wall was originally recruited by the University of Kentucky, Duke University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Kansas. Wall committed to attend the University of Kentucky on May 19, 2009. He was suspended by the NCAA from Kentucky's first exhibition game and first regular season game for travel benefits he received from his AAU coach Brian Clifton, a certified agent at the time. In his first action as a Wildcat, in an exhibition game against Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Wall led his team with 27 points and 9 assists in 28 minutes of playing time.
- 11/16/09 – In his collegiate debut at Kentucky versus Miami University, Wall made the game winning shot with .5 seconds left on the clock to help then # 5 ranked Kentucky win. He finished with 19 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
- 11/19/09 – In his 2nd career game, against Sam Houston State, Wall topped his debut performance with 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 102–92 winning effort.
- 11/21/09 – In his 3rd career game, against Rider, Wall scored 21 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, 11 assists, and having only 2 turnovers.
- 11/24/09 – In his 5th career game, against Stanford, Wall scored a career high 23 points, hitting 2 free throws with 2.4 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
- 12/05/09 – In his 7th career game Wall and the Wildcats faced one of their major rivals, North Carolina, who was ranked #10 at the time. Wall battled cramping throughout the game but was able to lead his team to victory despite the fact that they squandered a double digit lead in the second half, with the final score being 68–66. Wall contributed 16 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals.
- 12/09/09 – In his first game in Madison Square Garden, against then-ranked #12 Connecticut, Wall scored a team-high 25 points, to go with 6 steals, and scored 12 of UK's last 15 points for a 64–61 victory, moving Kentucky to #3 on the AP polls.
- 12/12/09 – Against UK's rebuilding rival Indiana, Wall scored a career-low 11 points and turned the ball over once while playing all but one minute of the game. This marked the third time in Wall's 9-game career that he scored at least 10 points and had at least 8 assists, which left him 2 games away from tying the UK record set by Wayne Turner.
- 12/29/09 – Against Hartford Wall set the UK single game assist record with 16, 11 in the 1st half, with only 1 turnover. The mark was previously held by Travis Ford, at 15, and was broken on Ford's 40th birthday. Wall scored 9 points, failing to break double digits for the first time in his college career.
- In 2010 the rap group Troop 41 made a song called "Do the John Wall" dedicated to Wall's college career at Kentucky.
Because Wall was a fifth-year high school senior in 2009 and would turn 19 by the end of the year, some sources argued that he would be eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft. League rules stated that American players must turn 19 during the year of the draft and be a year removed from their regular high school class. NBA spokesman Tim Frank told sportswriter Chad Ford that the league was not sure if Wall met the second criterion, and that league officials would need to "do [their] due diligence to determine his eligibility". However, Wall announced in April 2009 that he was not entering the 2009 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be the first player taken, and would attend Kentucky instead.
Washington Wizards (2010–present)
Wall warming up before a game.
On April 7, 2010, Wall announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2010 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be the first overall selection for the Washington Wizards. On May 3, Wall signed with agent Dan Fegan.
On June 23, 2010, Reebok revealed Wall as its latest signing, casting him as the face of its latest basketball shoe, the ZigTech Slash. On June 24, 2010, Wall was drafted as the first overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2010 NBA Draft. On June 25, 2010, Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington D.C. declared June 25 as John Wall Day on a plaque handed to John Wall during his Washington Wizards' presser.
2010–2011 (rookie season)
Wall was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 23.5 points, 7.8 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. Wall made his NBA debut in a 112–83 loss to the Orlando Magic. He had 14 points, 9 assists, and 3 steals. In his third game, his first home game, he tied a franchise record with nine steals, and became only the second player in NBA history to get nine assists or more in each of his first three games. On November 10, Wall recorded his first career triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 13 assists to go along with 6 steals and only 1 turnover. Wall was the third youngest player to record a triple-double in NBA history. John Wall was named 2011 Rookie Game MVP during the 2011 All-Star Weekend. Wall was also named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month from January–April and finished 2nd in Rookie of the Year voting behind unanimous selection Blake Griffin and was named to the NBA All-Rookie 1st Team.
Wall would play in and start all of the Wizards' 66 games during the 2011–12 lockout shortened season. He was selected to play in the NBA All-Star Weekend Rising Stars Challenge. He was drafted to play for Team Chuck, a mix of rookies and sophomores.
Wall missed the beginning of the 2012–13 because of a knee injury. On January 12, 2013, he returned against the Atlanta Hawks to a standing ovation, scoring 14 points, handing out 4 assists, and gaining 2 rebounds in a Wizards win. On March 18, 2013, Wall was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played between March 11 and March 17.
In a road game against the Los Angeles Lakers on March 22, Wall recorded 24 points, 6 rebounds and 16 assists (a career high) in a win. On March 25, in a win over the Memphis Grizzlies, Wall scored a career-high 47 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
NBA career statistics
Awards & Records
John Wall shooting a free throw at Drew-Goodman League
On cover of February 2011, SLAM
- 2010 SEC Tournament MVP
- 2010 SEC Tournament First Team
- 2009–10 SEC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 First Team All-SEC
- 2009–10 SEC All Freshman Team
- 2009–10 John R. Wooden Award Finalist
- 2009–10 Yahoo! Sports National Player of the Year
- 2009–10 Yahoo! Sports First Team All-American
- 2009–10 Yahoo! Sports SEC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 Yahoo! Sports SEC Freshman of the Year
- 2009–10 Yahoo! Sports First Team All-SEC
- 2009–10 Sporting News First Team All-American
- 2009–10 Sporting News National Freshman of the Year
- 2009–10 Sporting News First Team All-Freshman
- 2009–10 Associated Press SEC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 Associated Press SEC Newcomer of the Year
- 2009–10 Associated Press First Team All-SEC
- 2009–10 CBS Sports First Team All-American
- 2009–10 CBS Sports National Freshman of the Year
- 2009–10 CBS Sports First Team Freshman All-American
- 2009–10 CBS Sports SEC Player of the Year
- 2009–10 CBS Sports SEC Freshman of the Year
- 2009–10 CBS Sports First Team All-SEC
- 2009–10 Fox Sports First Team All-American
- 2009–10 Fox Sports National Freshman of the Year
- 2009–10 Fox Sports All-Freshman Team
- 2009–10 U.S. Basketball Writers Association's First Team All-America Team
- 2009–10 U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IV Player of the Year
- 2009–10 U.S. Basketball Writers Association District IV All-District Team
- Named ESPN National Player of the Week (11/16 – 11/22) in first week of collegiate career.
- Named MVP of 2009 Cancun Challenge (11/25).
- Named SEC Freshman of the Week, a record, 4 straight weeks (11/23, 11/30, 12/7, and 12/14). Note: First 4 weeks of his Collegiate career.
On cover of January 11, 2010, Sports Illustrated
On cover of January 12, 2010, Sporting News
On cover of March 2010, SLAM (with team)
On cover of May–June 2010, Dime Magazine
- Most points in a season by a UK Freshman
- Most assists in a season, 241 by a UK Player and by a UK Freshman
- Most assists in a game, 16, by a UK Player and by a UK Freshman
- T-7th for most Steals in a game, 6, by a UK Player on two occasions 11/30/2009 & 12/9/2009.
- First UK player to be drafted 1st overall in the NBA Draft
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John Wall – awards and honors