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John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

Posted on: July 13, 2011 2:21 pm
Edited on: July 13, 2011 2:47 pm
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall put on a show at the 2011 NC pro-am. Posted by Ben Golliver.

John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, won just 23 games in his rookie season with the Washington Wizards. He put up solid numbers -- 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds -- but was second in the league in turnovers per game and struggled with a shaky jumper.

The first year growing pains were expected, as he was surrounded by a talent-deficient roster and playing for an organization that was just entering a rebuilding cycle. History dictates that "the leap" for young point guards takes place in Year 2 or Year 3, so patience is still the order of the day for Wizards fans.

If we zoom in from that panaromic career landscape, though, we can take a few minutes to remember just how absurdly talented Wall is with the ball in his hands in isolation and, especially, in the open court. From his first day in the NBA, Wall was an upper echelon point guard when it comes to attacking in transition, using his excellent acceleration and top-end speed to push the tempo and his elevation and quick-thinking decision-making skills to finish plays.

Here's video of Wall putting on a show at the North Carolina Pro-Am, looking like a 21st century Bob Cousy as he accepts the challenge from former North Carolina State star Julius Hodge and routinely makes him look ridiculous with cross-overs and hesitations. Video courtesy of YouTube user MasoneMultiMedia.

Sure, he's got a ways to go in learning how to run a half-court offense. He needs to spend a few hundred hours in the gym this summer working on his jumper. And he needs better teammates. But Wall can do what he just did on that video. And there's only a handful of pros who can say the same.

Street ball dominance isn't enough to make you an NBA point guard, But it's more than enough to make a fanbase lick its lips and start the countdown for next season.

Hat tip: The Basketball Jones.
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Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:52 am
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Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:37 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

First check my words I said "almost" at will.  And what does your comment have to do with anything?  Go find the complete footage instead of watching this biased crap that CBS feeds you.

What point people are trying to prove here is beyond me.  Wall crosses Julius over a couple of times so what?  He also was hitting tough fadeaway step backs that most defenders give Wall because he is an average shooter at best.

I mean are we really trying to prove that Wall is a better basketball player than Hodge?  Anyone who knows anything about basketball could tell you that.

Regardless, Hodge can't guard Wall and in the same token Wall can't guard Hodge but CBS doesn't want you to know that so they get an edited clip and cut out anything that Julius did.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:35 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

like all unorganized jungle ball. No defense. Who cares. I could have dribbled around them all day. Like the harlem globetrotters.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 9:26 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

You say Hodges was scoring on Wall at will? Thats awful because my personal friend Ed McCants took Hodges job overseas lmmfao.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:14 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

Hey CBS, why don't you get the COMPLETE footage and show people where Hodge scored on Wall almost at will.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:56 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

I don't know. Looked like he forced a lot of "bad passes"  to look impressive. The through the legs ones were very sloppy. I guess having non-pro teammates didn't help it look any better, but still. I also expected a slightly better John Wall here, especially against Julius Hodge!

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: July 14, 2011 7:35 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

WTH? I just wasted 2.5 minutes of my life waiting for something to happen.

Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: July 14, 2011 2:11 am

John Wall NC Pro-Am highlight video

The music for this video couldnt of been any better kept me into it.. This guy is ridiculous look for him to make a huge jump his second year in the league like Rose did. Im not sayin to that extent but this kids got the talent to be top 5 guard in the league.

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