Apr 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) shoots the ball over Miami Heat shooting guard Mike Miller (13) in the first quarter at Verizon Center. The Heat won 103-98. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA: John Wall now becoming a leader to other “one and dones”


Jan 14, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) and shooting guard Bradley Beal (3) react against the Orlando Magic during the second half at the Verizon Center. The Wizards defeated the Magic 120 – 91. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA Today Sports

From the day that John Wall announced his commitment to the University of Kentucky, the world knew that he would be a “one and done” player. And Kentucky fans embraced him for his one year as he (along with John Calipari) ushered in the reemergence of Kentucky basketball to the public spotlight. Wall helped lead his team from the NIT to the Elite Eight and Kentucky fans still embrace Wall as “one of our own”.

But what if John Wall would have stayed at Kentucky?

No doubt, he would helped hang at least one banner at UK, but could he have been a true leader on the court and helped to mold other new “one and done” superstars to the team?  Could he have played the Darius Miller role and been the true mentor?

Well, time flies and this upcoming NBA Draft would be Wall’s rookie draft had he stayed all four years.  Wall now has three years under his belt in the NBA and is coming off a season where he posted a career high in points, FG shooting, FT shooting, and A/TO ratio.  Wall is coming into his own as a player and ironically enough, is now charged with being the leader for the other one and done players.

Last year, the Wizards selected Florida guard Bradley Beal.  IF you watched any Wizards’s games, it was apparent that Beal was much better with Wall on the court than not.  And now, with the Wizards holding the number three pick in the draft, there may be another one and doner coming to the nation’s capitol.  And it appears that Wall is involved with Washington management, offering his input on who the Wizards select with the pick and it appears Wall wants his team to draft a “stretch four” to the roster:

 

As I mentioned before, John Wall has spoken to Wizards management in the past about specific additions to the team, but this isn’t the first time he has mentioned adding a “stretch 4″ to the roster. In exit interviews to close out the season, both John Wall, Bradley Beal and head coach Randy Wittman didn’t seem too excited about adding more rookies to the club, but their stance on the situation has chanced, since the Wizards moved up to the third slot during the NBA Draft Lottery.

 

As of right now, that player may be Georgetown’s Otto Porter.  Technically, Porter is a “two and done”.  If the Wizards select him though, it will be interesting to see how Wall reaches out to him and mentors him now that he has his feet wet as a NBA veteran.

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