Saturday, March 28, 2009
**A WOLFPACK HOOPS EXCLUSIVE**Today we had a chance to do something we've been wanting to do for some time, and something Wolfpack Nation has been wanting to read for even longer. A surprise guest at the Carolina Challenge, John Wall, the #1 player in the nation, and NC State recruit, sat down for an interview with us and answered some pretty tough questions about his recruitment and the Wolfpack. He also shed some light on his commitment date, his process, and what he looks for in a team. Here's how it went down:
Wolfpack Hoops: So John, what brings you over to the the Carolina Challenge today?
John Wall: I just wanted to come out and show some support to my Word of God teammates.
WPH: Well, we recently had the chance to talk with your coach, Levi Beckwith, and he mentioned that you don't have any real commitment date and that you might not even decide on signing day, which conflicts with reports that you'll announce at the Jordan Brand All-Star game, can you shed some light on that?
John Wall: Yeah, well actually I said I'd announce at the Jordan All Star game, but I don't think I'm going to now. I don't have to decide on signing day, so i might wait. I'm not sure yet. I want to make sure I give every school a fair look. Tomorrow I'm going to meet with Coach K at Duke, because I haven't got to sit down and talk with him yet. Then, I need to talk with Miami too. After that I'll need to sit down with my Mom and my Coach (Beckwith) and decide which school is best for me.
WPH: That sounds like a good plan to me. What about the reports that have you stating Memphis as being the leader? Can you talk about that?
John Wall: I'd say yeah, right now Memphis is leading, but that can change easily. I mean, remember when OJ Mayo was being recruited. He had his favorites early on and they'd change. Nobody ever thought he'd pick USC until right at the end you know what I mean.
WPH: Yeah, I hear what you're saying. So I'm going to let you go watch this game but I just want to ask you one more question. With a lot of these schools you'll be just another great player fitting in on their team, then there are a few schools on your list you can go to and completely change their program, maybe become a legend. Which sounds better to you?
John Wall: I'd say that I could be a program changer, or I could just fit in at a school, either way I'm going to sit down with my mom and my coach and just figure out which school is best for me.
WPH: Thanks so much for your time John and good luck with your decision!
John Wall: Thank you.
*** We at Wolfpack Hoops would like to thank John for taking time out of his day to talk with us, and we wish him success wherever life leads him.