High-school senior PG John Wall, the consensus top high-school senior in America and potential no.1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is apparently exploring the possibility of entering his name in this year’s draft instead. This news comes courtesy of ESPN.com’s draft guru Chad Ford:
Mike, FL: Is John Wall the No. 1 pick in 2010 Draft. He was awesome at the Hoop Summit game.
Chad Ford: He was awesome and he’ll compete with Ed Davis and a few other freshmen for that. However, there is some buzz that Wall believes he might be eligible for THIS year’s draft. I’ve been doing some digging and will be filing a story later today. The short rub is this: Wall is a 5th year senior and depending on how you read the collective bargaining agreement, 5th year seniors are eligible for the draft as long as the turn 19 in the calander year (Wall does). The league is taking a wait and see approach. If he declares, they’ll research and make a ruling. If he does declare and is ruled eligible (two big ifs) he’s a Top 5 pick in this draft. Maybe Top 3.
For those of you who’ve never seen Wall, his game has a lot in common with Derek Rose’s. He’s not necessarily the total package as a prospect that Rose was, though, because Rose was widely regarded as being a great, coachable kid in addition to being an elite talent (Wall isn’t). But, if he’s in the draft, Wall will instantaneously vault right to the top of the class and could very well end up being the second player selected after Blake Griffin.
I’ll say it again: It may be a weak draft overall, but it could end up having serious depth at PG. There’s going to be several quality NBA starters at PG that emerge from this year’s pool.