from the CNN SI here on our site:
John Wall, the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2009, has committed to play for Kentucky next season, SI.com has confirmed. Wall, a 6-foot-4 product of Raleigh, N.C.’s Word of God Christian Academy, ended a lengthy recruiting process on Monday night by choosing the Wildcats over Miami, Duke and Florida, which were unofficially his final four options. Despite speculation that Wall’s recruitment would drag out into June, Wall’s mother, Frances Pulley, told SI.com last week that her son’s plan had been to commit before the NCAA’s spring signing deadline, which is Wednesday.
With Wall in the fold, new Kentucky coach John Calipari has assembled what’s considered to be the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class for 2009-10. It includes a second five-star point guard in 6-1 Eric Bledsoe of Birmingham, Ala.; two five-star big men in 6-9 DeMarcus Cousins of Mobile, Ala., and 6-10 Daniel Orton of Oklahoma City; a four-star shooting guard in 6-6 John Hood of Madisonville, Ky.; and a four-star junior college small forward in 6-7 Darnell Dodson of Miami-Dade Community College.”We’ll have a lot of pressure on us,” Wall told Scout.com on Tuesday. “Everyone says we’ll be the best class in a while, but it’ll be bumpy because a couple of us will be freshmen. We’ll get on the right page and make a good run at it.”
Wall’s advisor and former AAU coach, Brian Clifton(from Greensboro, N.C.), expressed some hesitancy to SI.com last week over the fact that Kentucky had accepted a spring commitment from Bledsoe, who plays Wall’s position. “We have to revisit that situation and make sure it’s going to be great to have two of the top four point guards on the roster at once,” Clifton said then. But Tuesday morning, Clifton told Rivals.com, “[Wall] felt that the risks that were at Kentucky were acceptable risks for him.”