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Raleigh prep star: I have not made college choice

By TIM STEVENS
tim.stevens@newsobserver.com

John Wall, the 6-foot-3 star basketball point guard at Raleigh Word of God, said lots of people have congratulated him on making his college decision after Baylor University hired his summer team coach.

The problem is that Wall — ranked by rivals.com as the nation's No. 1 prospect in the high school class of 2009 — hasn't made a college decision.

“I'm wide open,” Wall said Monday.

Wall said his college plans have not included any agreement between him and club coach Dwon Clifton, who was hired as director of player development at Baylor late last month.

Wall said it's not automatic that he will also go to Baylor.

“Dwon and I never had that type of agreement,” Wall said. “I was interested in Baylor before he went there.

“He told me that it would be great if I decide to go to Baylor, but that I needed to make the best decision I could for myself and that he was proud of me wherever I go.”

Wall said he does not have a short list of schools that are his finalists because he is still exploring his options.

Still, he said Baylor, Memphis, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, N.C. State and Oklahoma State were the schools that were recruiting him the hardest.

He has not scheduled any official visits and has no timetable to make his decision. Top players typically commit to a program in November.

“I want to take some visits and learn more about the schools,” Wall said. “When I am positive about my decision, I will announce it.”

Wall is considered to be the quickest high school point guard in the country.

He is a great passer and has the ability to soar high above defenders for dunks after breaking presses.

He is so good that he might play only one season of college basketball before moving to the NBA.

Wall played on the varsity as a freshman at Garner High and was all- conference there the next year.

He moved into the Broughton district before his junior year, but transferred to Word of God after being cut during the Caps'

basketball tryouts.

He was a regular on the Word of God squad that spring and then generated national recruiting attention last season.

Scout.com has Wall ranked among the top three prospects in the country.

tim.stevens@newsobserver.com or (919) 829-8910

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