August 29, 2008

Top prospect Wall sets visit schedule

After a brilliant campaign on the summer travel circuit, John Wall, the No. 1 prospect in the Rivals150, will begin a series of visits in a couple weeks.

Dates for visits to Memphis, Kansas and Oregon have been set, and there is a tentative date for a trip to Kentucky. Baylor will be Wall's last official visit, while N.C. State and Oklahoma State may get unofficial looks.

According to Wall's travel team coach Brian Clifton of D-One Sports, a Sept. 12 official visit to Memphis is first on the docket followed by a Sept. 19 trip to Kansas. Then Wall will travel to Oregon on Oct. 3 and likely will be at Kentucky one week later. A date has not yet been set for teh final official visit to Baylor.

Aside from these five schools, a couple others are still in the mix. Wall, who attends Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Christian Academy, might spend some time at North Carolina State on an unofficial visit. Oklahoma State, which Wall has already previously visited, is also in the running for either an unofficial or official visit.

"We aren't getting caught up in the semantics of it being an official or unofficial visit," said Clifton. "Obviously North Carolina State is ten minutes away, and John has already spent significant time on Kentucky's and Oklahoma State's campuses."

So with Baylor's hiring of Brian Clifton's brother Dwon Clifton, who is also a coach for D-One Sports, is it a forgone conclusion that Wall will eventually choose Baylor?

"Baylor's situation in hiring Dwon gives John a comfort level that doesn't exist anywhere else," Brian Clifton said. "But there are some schools that John is interested in because of style of play or the incoming recruiting class. Those factors and others might have as much to do with where John goes to school as anything.

"John doesn't owe anyone anything. If he wants to go to Baylor or if he wants to go to Memphis, he is going to do what he thinks is best for himself. Dwon did what was best for himself, and that does have some impact on John because his comfort level is the most important factor. But it doesn't obligate John to go to Baylor."

John Wall scouting report:

Blazing fast with the basketball, Wall is an impeccable ball handler with court savvy. The right hander has a penchant for beating defenders with his left hand and can then counter with a terrific left-to-right, behind-the-back dribble. Finding teammates on the move is his forte, but he is also an excellent finisher at the rim. His jumper is still a work in progress, but it is good enough to keep the defense honest.


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