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Wall names a leader

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The No. 1 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 John Wall spent the weekend in Waco, Texas, visiting Baylor. The visit went well, but not well enough to put the Bears at the top of Wall's list.
"Memphis is in the lead right now," said Wall, a 6-foot-4, 184-pound point guard from Raleigh (N.C.) Word of God Christian Academy. "They have always been in the lead with the other schools right behind them. I've liked Memphis a lot even before they started recruiting me. I'm still going to finish my visits, but Memphis is in the lead by a little."
Wall still plans to officially visit Miami, and North Carolina State and Duke could get unofficial visits.
Despite the Baylor visit not helping them surpass Memphis on Wall's list, the visit was positive according to Wall.
"The visit went good," he said. "I was able to see the school and see how everything is. I was able to see a game and meet the coaching staff. The gym wasn't packed or anything, but that was because it was spring break."
The weekend commitment of the No. 2 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 and top big man in the country DeMarcus Cousins to Memphis only helps the Tigers chances of putting together arguably the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball.
"DeMarcus going to Memphis is a big thing," Wall said. "To see a big man go there is important because I want to play with a dominant big man. He's going to help out Memphis a lot. And it's exciting that he is going to be there because no guard is good without a good big man inside and dominant shooters on the wing. Playing with Ryan Kelly in the summer helped me see that because he was so good on the pick and pop."
The one major obstacle to Memphis landing Wall would be if star freshman Tyreke Evans returns for his sophomore year. Wall has told Rivals.com that he would not consider Memphis if Evans returns but that he does expect Evans to declare for the 2009 NBA draft.
Along with the commitment of Cousins, Memphis also has signed top five prospect Xavier Henry and four-star prospects Nolan Dennis, Darnell Dodson and Will Coleman.
Wall, who officially visited Kansas and Memphis in the fall, tentatively has the third weekend of April when he is in New York to play in the Jordan Brand Game penciled in as the time to announce his college decision.
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