Tuesday, April 14, 2009

John Wall Going Pro?

Ok ok folks, before everyone gets all riled up, let me explain. Today Chad Ford of ESPN stated that there might be a loop hole that would allow John Wall to skip the mandatory one year of college and jump right to the NBA draft. (where many experts think he could land in the top 5). Here is the run down; if a player is 19 years old at the time of the draft then he is eligible to enter the draft only if a full NBA season has passed since he's graduated. This means...college, overseas or a prep school would work. In John's case he is a 5th year Senior but reclassified himself to be class of 2009. The slant that Wall would try to play is that Word of God acted as a prep school and the NBA has played a full season since the year John was originally supposed to graduate.

If you ask us, this is a real long shot and will take some serious convincing by John and his crew. Honestly, if the kid is such a sure shot to be taken in the lottery and he's 19, then why not? Again, this is from ESPN.com , where Ford stated the whole John to the NBA situation is far from a sure thing. Our guess is that this wont be allowed since it would expose a giant loophole in the system, something the NBA doesn't want to have to deal with.


2 Responses to "John Wall Going Pro?"
  1. Anonymous said...
    April 15, 2009 at 9:15 AM

    talk about exploring ALL your options.

  2. ppack3 said...
    April 15, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    My guess is that, at the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, the NBA is going to push for a two year rule. David Stern was on the radio yesterday, and he certainly made some (relatively) unsolicited comments in favor of the one year rule that is in place now. His two main arguments were that the players were more mature when entering the League, and that the year of college ball gave NBA scouts a MUCH better idea of the caliber of player that they were getting.
    None of this has a direct influence on John Walls decision. But, we all know that it is not the first contract that sets a player up, financially. It's the second Free Agent Contract. If you peter out, that first contract WAS your big money contract, so it is highly beneficial for someone like Wall to enter the NBA with as much experience, maturity, and physical growth as possible, in order to maximize his sustainability. I know that John has some issues that money can fix right away, but if he held out one or two more years, he would have a much better chance of actually making it in the NBA, IMO.


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