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Saturday / February 24.
  • Wall Says He Hasn’t Signed Memphis NLI

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    John Wall says he hasn’t signed a Letter of Intent with Memphis, despite a blog report indicating that he had received the NLI Wednesday night.

    “No,” Wall said via a text message.

    “No,” added Brian Clifton, one of Wall’s advisors.

    Wall is being recruited by a number of schools, including Memphis, Kansas, Duke, N.C. State, Baylor, Miami and Oregon. He recently took an official visit to Memphis, the same weekend that Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony did.

    It is standard practice to fax an NLI to a player you are recruiting during the signing period. Once an NLI is sent out from the school, a player has 14 days to return it to the school and 21 to the conference. Otherwise it is null and void.

    Brad McDaniel wrote on his blog that Wall had, in fact, received an LOI on Wednesday.

    According to someone close to the University of Memphis Athletic Department, a National Letter of Intent was faxed to Wall around 11:00pm [Wednesday] night. There is no way of knowing whether he signed the letter or not because it had to be faxed straight to the NCAA because the early signing period ended at midnight last night. Unless Wall or [John] Calipari announces it, we probably won’t know for 3-4 weeks.

    Meanwhile, Duke coaches still hope to get Wall on campus for a visit. He wasn’t able to come for the Rhode Island game last Sunday. The Blue Devils are currently in New York preparing to play Michigan tonight in the Coaches v. Cancer final.

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    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.