John Wall – Giving Back

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It took only one year for John Wall to be picked Number 1 in the NBA Draft. It took only a few weeks as a pro before he started giving back to the community.

John attended the Washington Wizards Basketball Camp today at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, where he and fellow draft picks Trevor Booker and Hamady Ndiaye spoke with boys and girls ages 8-17 and shot a free throw or two to boot.

VIDEO of Wall Shooting Free Throws at the camp HERE.

“It was tough up there,” Wall said. “I lost the ball the first time I was up shooting. Second time I had to gather myself, got to redeem myself with the second one.”

Among the highlights for the approximately 50 children was the foul shooting exhibition at the end of the day. Each player was to take and presumably make his first shot, but only Booker converted his initial attempt. Both Wall and Ndiaye needed another try.

John talked about his John Wall Dance that swept the Big Blue Nation, and surrounding countries, during his Freshman year at Kentucky, as well as taking some time to sign autographs and discuss why he chose the No. 2. Wall said he opted for No. 2 in honor of  each one of his parents.

“Like I said growing up, if I were in the situation those kids are in, to have an opportunity to meet an NBA player, it would be a dream come true,” Wall said, “and I had an opportunity to come out and talk to the kids. The key thing is always to give back to the community.

Wall seems to understand the importance of giving back to those less fortunate. He is special and has proven it in every facet of his life. A definite fan favorite, he’s a relentless worker, both on and off the court, sporting over a 3.00 grade point average while being selected First Team All-American, SEC Player of the Year and being named Yahoo Sports National Player of the Year. His list of awards is almost as long as Al Capone’s rap sheet.

He has stated several times that he will be back at UK during the Summer’s to finish his degree. A promise he made to his father.

Full article at The Washington Post

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