Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
John Wall, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals, could announce his college choice as early as next week…or he could wait.
“If he chooses so, then very possibly next week,” Brian Clifton, Wall’s advisor, said via text message. “However, if he decides that it’ll be later, then that will be fine as well.”
He added: “(There is) no timetable. Whenever he’s ready.”
Many observers think it is now a fait accompli that the 6-foot-4 Wall will end up at Baylor now that his travel team coach, Dwon Clifton, Brian’s brother, has been hired as the Director of Player Development by Baylor coach Scott Drew. Dwon Clifton played for Baylor assistant Matt Driscoll at Clemson.
Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Oregon, North Carolina State, Southern California and Texas have also been on Wall’s list.
“The list is the same as it has been,” Brian Clifton said.
Still, most folks will be shocked if Wall doesn’t announce for Baylor at this point.
Wherever he goes, it likely won’t be for long. Wall says he plans to be one-and-done or two-and-done for college in order to help support his family, including his mom and two sisters.
“My dad (John Sr.) passed when I was 10,” Wall told SI.com. “After he passed, I was the man of the house. I realized I wanted to go somewhere and get my family in a better situation.”
“If I go one-and-done or two-and-done,” Wall added, “I’m going back to school and finish regardless. I promised it to my mom.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.