John Wall Scouting Report

Name: John Wall
Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 190
Pos: PG Class: Fr
College: Kentucky

Overview: John Wall is an elite talent who is the guaranteed #1 pick. He is the type of player you have to draft if given the opportunity. If you pass on him and he busts you will be branded a fool forever. If you take him and he busts….well fans can’t be real mad because hell you took the best talent in the draft. John Wall is not a complete player by any stretch of the imagination but he has the talent to one day be a complete player. To become a complete player though would mean to become great and to become great Wall’s work ethic will have to match his talent. For this scouting report there is no way I can evaluate work ethic so unfortunately it is hard to predict whether or not he will be extremely talented or actually great.

John Wall Affect: If the Wolves end up with Wall they could instantly become credible. The great thing about basketball is one player can change your team. Not only can Wall’s elite speed and athleticism help on the court but much like KG he can make Minnesota attractive for fans. He can help sell tickets and even sell free agents on coming to the Twin Cities.

Strengths: Speed, speed, speed, speed, and more speed. Wall’s coast to coast speed is amazing. While watching this kid chase down offensive players on the break I think “Mini Lebron.” John Wall right now struggles with his assist to turnover ratio. He has great vision but does not make great decisions. He could possibly be a top assist man but right now he is still a scorer first. His jumper actually looks pretty good and I think will develop over time and be one of his strengths. Wall has tremendous leaping ability, so much so he is actually a threat to receive a lob pass on the break. The last thing that separates John Wall from mere mortals is his driving ability. When he drives to the basket he truly looks D-Wade-esque.

Weaknesses: Decision making and defense are his two biggest weaknesses. I think both of these weaknesses can improve with experience. Much like Kobe, LeBron, MJ, or any other young player their offense comes around faster than their D. This of course is for a few reasons; 1) Ego: offense is more exciting so you apply yourself more on offense. 2) Inexperience: over time you begin to understand where to be and what offensive players are attempting to do. Next his decision making is not very good. When he is on the break he is a great decision maker but in the half court set he struggles. He might see what the first defender is trying to do but he might miss what the 2nd defender is doing. This type of struggle likely comes from Wall being asked to score1st and pass 2nd his whole life.

Comparable: It is hard to compare Wall. I still think if he moves to the 2-guard spot he could be a combo of A.I. and D-Wade. I think he will most likely stay at the point though and will likely be Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo combo but better.

DWW’s Big Board:
1. John Wall G Kentucky
2. Evan Turner G Ohio State
3. Wes Johnson F Syracuse
4. Greg Monroe F/C Georgetown
5. Elias Harris F Gonzaga
6. Cole Aldrich C Kansas
7. Stanley Robinson F UConn

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