At the formal announcement of his college choice, mega point guard prospect John Wall opened up the possibility that he will play more than one season for Kentucky.
“My plan is to go to the University of Kentucky for the next two or three years,” Wall said at a news conference at his school, Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
However, if UK Coach John Calipari tells me he’s ready for the NBA after one season, Wall said he would follow that advice.
More than once, Wall cited Calipari as the key factor in the decision to sign with Kentucky rather than the other two finalists on his list, Miami and Duke.
“My relationship with Coach Cal just got overboard,” Wall said.
The foundation of that relationship seems to be Calipari’s record of quickly developing point guards for the NBA. Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans played one season for Calipari at Memphis before turning pro.
Wall, who made no secret of his admiration for Rose, smiled when a reporter asked about Rose as a role model and reason to sign with Calipari.
“It kind of convinced me,” he said.
Calipari issued a statement welcoming Wall.
“I’ve recruited John for nearly two years and I’ve gotten to know him to be not only a fine player but a fine person,” Calipari said. “He’s a terrific teammate who wants to win, yet driven to personally improve. I’m very excited for the opportunity to add him to our family.:
Wall joins a recruiting class widely considered the nation’s best. Other UK signees include big man DeMarcus Cousins (top five prospect nationally), big man Daniel Orton (top 25), point guard Eric Bledsoe (top 25), junior college wing Darnell Dodson and Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood.