Monday, April 27, 2009

Wall To Trim List By End of Week


Adam Zagoria had the chance to catch up with John after this past weekends official visit to Miami. John told Zagoria that “I’m going to go home and talk about my decision." He also told him he would cut his list to “probably two or three this Thursday or Friday.” When John was asked if Kentucky was a sure bet for the final cut he said “I don’t know right now. I don’t know yet. It depends. I’m looking at lots of stuff.” Apparently Zagoria gets the idea that the probability that Wall stays close to home is 50/50 from their phone conversation last night. And to add onto the craziness of this saga, John said that he could declare for the NBA Draft at any time, even though he has previously said that he wouldn't do so. His response to this was “I’m just narrowing my list,” he said. “If I feel I can make a decision, I’ll just make it.”

Well, we along with fans from numerous other schools have been biting our nails for a long time, and according to John we won't have to wait to much longer to here the awaited news.

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26 Responses to "Wall To Trim List By End of Week"
  1. KDub said...
    April 27, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Scout article has him quoting a list of schools on his list, we aren't on it.

  2. JAB77 said...
    April 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Any idea or gut feeling on this one?

  3. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Right now on scout, Wall has Duke, Kentucky, Miami, and State listed as his "medium interest schools." Everyone else on the list is low interest or none at all.

  4. TJ said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Is this true Wolfpack Hoops? he quoted a list of schools and we are not on it??????? update please

  5. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    The article that KDub is referring to is a premium article from Scout. We don't like tampering with other sites premium information, so I won't give the exact quote. Basically the article lists six schools that are the major schools in the Wall recruitment (we are in this list) and John mentions 4 schools that are really high right now (we are not in this list). This was not John cutting his list, this was John speaking on the fly. The way I have felt from the beginning, I'm not sayiing we are going to get him, but we are not out of it until this thing comes to a close.

  6. Montel said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    That does not sound good for us at all. I was thinking we would be between Duke, NC State, Kentucky so to not even make his top 4 is not looking good for us at all. The Painter kid is there any new news on the status of this recruitment at all?

  7. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    I like to think we just boosted our John Wall stock by bringing in the 7-footer. I believe John Wall wants a team with big men he can feed the ball to, and now we have another good target for him.

    I think we're a long shot for Wall, but I agree, it isn't over until it's over.

  8. Jason said...
    April 27, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Seriously folks, we're not out til he says we're out. Until he says "here are my final 3...", and we're not in that final 3, can we assume that we're not in his final 3.

    I don't think anybody really knows who he's going to chooose. This is the craziest recruiting saga i've ever seen, like a soap opera. Hope it has a happy ending!

  9. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    I think he was just talking about what college when he said "declare", not the draft. IOW, he could announce a college at any time if he makes a final decision. Not definitive time table.

  10. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    What is the status of Painter? any kind of update?

  11. Anonymous said...
    April 27, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    I'm looking forward to the ending of the soap opera that has been the recruitment of John Wall. Whether he comes to NC State or not, this kid has a great career ahead of him and he will make the decision that is right for him. While I desperately hope that he chooses to run with the Pack, we have a lot to look forward to even if he doesn't. With the crop of kids that we have coming in from the '09 and '10 classes, a refreshing sense of optimism is trickling through our fan base. While my expectations for success for this coming season are not that high, I do expect to see dramatic changes within the framework of our program. I have faith in Sidney Lowe's desire to get NC State back to relevance. I think he knows that if results are not seen on the court this season, his time may be running short. However, this is not stopping him from doing everything in his power to restore our storied tradition. I am confident that the gentlemen wearing NC State on their chest next season will bring an attitude that has not been seen in West Raleigh for a long time. The character that players such as Lorenzo Brown, Scott Wood, Richard Howell, Josh Davis, Jordan Vandenberg, and Ryan Harrow possess is truly a reflection of what this university is all about. It is obvious that they intend to give their all day in and day out for this school. As much as we have been written off by our blue-clad neighbors, the media, and certain sections of our fan base, we must not forget that NC State belongs in college basketball. I have never been as frustrated with our program as I have been over the past two seasons, but I am quietly confident that this will not last long. And while his results may not reflect it so far, Sidney Lowe has the passion and fire that is present in the hearts of every Wolfpacker. He wants to win for NC State. Not for himself, but for the school that we all love with all of our hearts. When Jimmy V stood on the court in Reynolds almost two decades ago, he stated, "...the persistence, the idea of never quitting, don’t ever give up, don’t ever stop fighting.” We are NC STATE. We will NEVER GIVE UP. This university and its great fans will get what they deserve. The love that I and many others have for this institution is unrivaled. It is only a matter of time before this sleeping giant awakes. GO WOLFPACK.

  12. KDub said...
    April 27, 2009 at 11:17 PM

    I think his list looks like this

    1a. UK
    1b. Duke

    Everybody else.

  13. Kris said...
    April 27, 2009 at 11:39 PM

    ^^I like what Anonymous said. Good luck to John Wall in the future whether or not he chooses to run with the pack. There is a whole side of basketball recruiting that we are not exposed to. The young man has every right to take his time and make a good decision for himself. Remember, he didn't make it into a soap opera, the media did and we do by reading every article that was written about him. But if it was a soap opera I would like to call it "One Life to Live". Again good luck to you John Wall. Go Pack!!

  14. Sean said...
    April 27, 2009 at 11:40 PM

    Honestly I am more worried about Painter because he is another quality big im quite comfortable with Mays,Gonzo running point with all the talent around them next year will make them better. Wolfpack Hoops whats the deal with Painter? everytime the question has been asked about Painter tonite it gets ignored so are you guys just not having any kind of info on the status or does the silence mean a good thing like things are getting worked out behind the scenes? please at least give us a hint. Thanks!!!!!

  15. P Sizzle88 said...
    April 28, 2009 at 12:44 AM

    I think we should hold off on Painter, save the scholly for next year because I think Ryan Harrow may be able to reel in some top talent with him. Even if we were able to land Wall he's probably a one and done so that ship would be freed up for 2010.

  16. Anonymous said...
    April 28, 2009 at 1:40 AM

    The issue with signing Painter is that leaves only 2 scholarships for 2010, one going to Harrow. Painter is a 4* guy where we are in good shape with Luke Cothron and looking good with Parker. Read todays article on Harrow and Parker. Luke and Parker are both 5* guys that will fill our needs long term better than Painter.
    If we sign Painter we can only take 1 of Luke, Parker or CJ Leslie without someone leaving the team.
    I have thought all along that we take one or the other of Vandenberg and Painter. We got Jv so.....

  17. Anonymous said...
    April 28, 2009 at 8:16 AM

    That is the point we are not on his list and it has been the case for sometime

  18. Anonymous said...
    April 28, 2009 at 8:23 AM

    well a 7 footer is nice but kid's a big time project rail thin as well ...........Wall will not be around by the time this kid get pt

  19. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    To answer the Painter questions...
    We talked to somebody close to the situation and we are still in the mix with him and pursuing him hard. It isn't clear yet if he will end up being '09 or '10. We'll give you more news when we get it.

  20. TJ said...
    April 28, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    I say all of this is not going to matter because in my heart I feel like if Wall as going to have gone to Kentucky he would have followed right behind Cousins but he did not which shows character. I think he has looked at everyone and he is going to have in the back of his head that Sidney Lowe didn't pop up overnight he has been there and recruited him the longestand that first impression is going to pay dividends along with his mom being a NC State fan. When the smoke clears and the long recruiting is over I feel strongly in my heart that John Wall will be in a NC State uniform next year with us!!!! that will push us to a Top 5 recruiting class this year and will also clear up the scholorship information for next year because Wall will be 1 and done and then we have that extra scholorship plus 2 more when Degand and Horner graduate so that way we can bring in a 3 man class that includes Mr. Harrow, Mr. Cothron , and Harrows buddy to take the 3rd recruiting spot. I say since Leslie de-commited and if Cothron and Parker are serious about wanting to come here and they commit then they should get first choice because we need depth at SF and C and that fills our needs and then if someone else leaves the team next year or something then offer Leslie but that would my focus. Sidey Lowe knows what he's doing!!!! John Wall & Lorenzo in the back court would be SICK next year!!! if for some strange reason we do not get Wall and if Painter wants to come here and IF he can play this upcoming year then I would pick him up to finish out our class, but if he can't qualify until 2010 then I would not offer because next year's class could be Number 1

  21. Anonymous said...
    April 28, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    IMO we should take away Josh Davis scholarship. We would be much better served to sign painter and leave 2 for next year. I just dont see him being able to contribute like other players we are looking at.....

  22. Wolfpack Hoops said...
    April 28, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    ^I'm going to go out and defend Josh Davis here. Josh was a kid that the staff was interested in for over a year and they were adamant about finding a way to get him. They didn't know they were going to have a scholarship for him until Trevor and Brandon left. Soon as there was an opening they offered. We have talked to Josh and the staff believes that he will be able to come in and make an impact right away. If you support our coach, which we do, then you trust the Josh Davis scholarship. This kid is extremely athletic, an all-around player, and has a high ceiling. I'm on the Josh Davis Band Wagon, and not just because he always dreamed of coming here.

  23. emilyNCSU said...
    April 28, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    If you are going to say something like "take away Josh Davis' scholarship" at least have the guts to put a tag name to it. I trust Sidney more so than someone that posts anonymously on a message board

    BTW i think this a GREAT site Wolfpack Hoops

  24. T.J. said...
    April 28, 2009 at 6:01 PM

    I am 100% with Wolfpack Hoops on this one. Josh Davis is a great human being, I know in today's world noone seems to care about the person they care about the glitz and how many stars is next to his name. I don't believe in judging a person and his ability by how many damn starts someone decides to put next to his name! I think it is an insult to NC State and to Josh Davis and his WONDERFUL family to even write we should take away his scholorship. I wished the comment would not have even been posted but since it was I think it is terrible and I see why it was marked under Anonymous because you are too much of a coward to put your name next to that comment. I love that we gave Josh Davis a opportunity to live out his DREAM and play basketball at NC State. Of all of the guys we have recruited he deserves just as much of a chance to prove himself as anyone else. The only difference between Josh Davis and other recruits coming here is the number of stars next to his name, I have always been one to say you can only judge a man 1 way and that is by his HEART!!! and Josh David has Heart and NC State blood flowing through him. Josh Davis and family if you read that quote or have read anything disrespectful I want to apologize for the true Wolfpack fans and say we are very very glad to have him here and we are ready for him to go to work and contribute to the basketball team. Josh Davis is a basketball player and he will give it his all and he will contribute to this basketball team on the practice floor as well as in ball games. Thanks to all of the Wolfpack fans that appreciate what Sidney Lowe and company did for this kid and that shows class and integrity of our university as a hole!

  25. Afterglow said...
    April 28, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    I don't feel so strongly about Wall coming here. I do hope we land him because (one or done or whatever) it would be great to have him on our team.

    I think the reason he's held off for such a long time is because he is in such proximity of the University (walking distance) and I believe to him, he would felt like he was under constant (perhaps negative) scrutiny of everyone if he were to come right out and say he was going to go with Calipari to Kentucky. I also wouldn't put it past him to jump right into the NBA if he can do it. That makes the most logical sense, especially if his mother is ill. In his mind, he may be feeling like sacrificing a promise to a dying father may be worth the life of a mother if monetarily there’s something he can do; I say that somewhat blindly as I have no idea what her illness is or was but I do believe it doesn’t take much for someone to see just how ephemeral life can be-especially if you have already lost someone.

    It has to be difficult to be in his position; I wouldn’t envy being under societies microscope 24-7. In any event, I hope he does what’s best for him regardless of that looming societal lens.

  26. Mike said...
    April 28, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    I second the support of Josh Davis. A true wolfpacker/quality individual and I can't wait to have him in red!

 

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