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Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

Posted on: April 15, 2009 11:01 pm
Edited on: April 16, 2009 12:48 am
 

John Wall told Rivals.com on Wednesday that he will not enter the 2009 NBA Draft.

"I'm going to school for one or two years and trying to win a national championship," Wall said, and that might mean something if I hadn't spent years listening to one lottery pick after another swear they were putting off NBA riches only to reverse course a few weeks later. Mike Conley and Jonny Flynn come to mind, just off the top of my head.

So no, I do not believe this Wall-to-the-NBA story is over.

Not yet, regardless of what anybody says -- and the reason is because of Wall's 13-point, 11-assist, five-steal performance in Sunday's Nike Hoops Summit that made NBA people start to ask why the nation's top-rated point guard isn't seriously considering the NBA Draft given that there seems to be a loophole that would allow him to enter despite the fact that he's still technically a high school player.

According to the age-limit rule, an American-born player can be eligible for the draft if the player is at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft, plus one NBA season removed from his high school graduation or one NBA season removed from the date on which he should've graduated high school. Nobody is disputing that Wall is already 19, and sources have confirmed to CBSSports.com that he began high school in August 2004, meaning Wall should've graduated in May 2008, i.e., before this NBA season began. In other words, if Wall applied for the draft the NBA might really have to approve his application, and even if the organization initially fought Wall's inclusion industry sources believe there isn't a decent attorney who couldn't win a lawsuit based on the ambiguity of the rule.

Asked if he could imagine a scenario under which Wall's application for the NBA Draft would be denied, Sonny Vaccaro, a longtime person of influence in the sport, answered quickly. "No," Vaccaro told CBSSports.com on Wednesday night. "I'm going to say 'No' because I'm reading the rule."

Vaccaro said he has spoken with "a number" of NBA scouts in the past three days.

"They've all told me (Wall) would go in the top eight," Vaccaro said. "Nobody has said he'd go lower than eight."

Wall is now in New York preparing for Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic.

At tip-off, rest assured there will be many interested viewers.

"Somebody from every lottery team will be there," Vaccaro said. "There is no question in my mind."

Worth noting: The eighth pick in this NBA Draft will receive a guaranteed two-year contract worth roughly $4.3 million.

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Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 6:22 pm
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

Wasn't OJ Mayo 19 or 20 when he graduated high school? I know he's at least 21, maybe even 22 now. If he didn't enter the draft, I doubt Wall will. Just a guess, I have no evidence to prove that Mayo even thought of exposing this loophole. But here was a kid who had the NBA on his mind since the 7th grade. You're telling me he gladly went to college for a year even if there was a loophole that would've allowed him to be a lottery pick out of high school? I'm not so sure about that.

And to the people questioning Wall's intelligence; Coach K offered him a scholarship. That probably means the kid can spell his name and got a decent score on the SAT, which is more than most schools recruits can say. I can't even remember the last questionable recruit that Coach K brought into Duke, which probably has some of the toughest standards out of division 1 schools.



tyson2383
Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2009 4:56 pm
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 4:22 pm
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

He's 19 in High School? What? Most people are 17 their senior years of high school or usually turn 18 during it. 19, really?

 



jamammy
Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 4:05 pm
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 11:51 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

Only the truely selfish would put money above everything else. I would want my kid to be happy first and rich second.

 




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 10:34 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

A)  He is quite far from college trainable material.  Why bother bringing down the professor and classmates with lack of ability to comprehend,

 The way I understand it, the reason for his being in high school 5 years is because he switched schools after his sophomore year. At his new school he was reclassified as a sophomore again. There is nothing that suggests that he doesn't have the intelligence to do well in college or qualify for college. Private schools have different cut-off dates and methods of classifying students regarding age. That being said, I hope he takes the money and runs since he won't be a Tiger.




Since: Apr 2, 2007
Posted on: April 16, 2009 9:29 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

While I'm sure Wall would be drafted in the top half of the lottery, using Vaccaro as a source on this issue is pretty questionable. He's the very definition of biased when it comes to getting players to avoid the NCAA. Remember when he said multiple players would be going to Europe this year? 




Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 16, 2009 8:58 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

As a UK fan I won't feel dissapointed if he goes to the NBA instead of coming to UK for a season.  I just don't want him to go to Duke or UNC for a season instead of UK.  Sorry, gotta be honest! Tongue out




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 6:02 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

And the fact he took 5 years to get through high school means either:

A)  He is quite far from college trainable material.  Why bother bringing down the professor and classmates with lack of ability to comprehend,

OR

B)  He had great personal misfortune that delayed schooling at some point.  I have no idea if this is true, but if so then certainly its no reflection on his intellect and determination.

 

If its A from above, don't feign interest in education, be true to yourself and move on, BUT do consider further learning once you have signed that contract for millions.  It will be to your benefit should your basketball career end oh-too-soon like it does for a great many.  Go for the education to become someone with more intelligence, knowledge and integrity.  Don't go just to get that silly little piece of paper that says you were given a degree.  I made the mistake on focusing on the ends, rather than taking in and really enjoying the means.  I wish I could go again now with how I would soak it all up.  I needed to put off college for a few years, work a tough job and then really WANT it. 




Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2009 5:57 am
 

Don't eliminate the Wall-to-NBA talk just yet

 I agree wholeheartedly.  I am a big UK fan, but if the man/kid is looking at top 8, how can he not do it?  Lets face it, he would only play one or two years and be gone anyway and the chance of injury or perhaps not even starting that time would hurt his draft stock more than it would help it.  You just can't improve on top-8 status very much, but you can certainly kill it to the point u don't even get drafted a few years later.  Its happened to a great many over the past two decades. 

Lets also not forget that its guaranteed money.  It said 4.3 million that never goes away even if something drastic happens.  If his stock slips some but he still gets drafted in 2010 or 2011 as a second rounder, its not guaranteed and its less than a million likely.  Worse yet, he ends up making a 1/4 of that in Europe or Russia or something.

HoyaSaxaphone is right, most of us would take it, only the truly selfish would say don't do it, you should enjoy college and get an education. 

Why do any of us go to college, seriously?  Its to land good work that will PAY WELL.  He will have topped me with one sign of his name on a draft intent document.  Do it son.  You can always go back to college in the off-season and go anywhere you want with ample funds to pay for it and get NEW text books and not the disgusting used ones ;^)



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