Snub from Heels lingers for Wall

December 05, 2009

John Wall remembers the conversation vividly, as tends to happen when the coach of the college team you grew up dreaming to play for is on the other end of the line.

Wall said North Carolina coach Roy Williams told him the Tar Heels were still interested in the high school star, and that he'd call again once the NCAA tournament was over.

"He (said) he would call me when it's over and he never called," Wall said. "He never offered me. That's the decision he made."

One that was difficult for Wall, a native of nearby Raleigh, N.C., who idolized former North Carolina stars Jerry Stackhouse and Vince Carter, to stomach.

Don't get him wrong. The freshman point guard is glad he signed with Kentucky, where he's proved even better than advertised for the fifth-ranked Wildcats. He is averaging 18.5 points and 7.8 assists heading into Saturday's showdown with the 10th-ranked Tar Heels.

Williams never doubted Wall's ability, calling him the best high school point guard prospect since Jason Kidd. While not getting into specifics on why he didn't offer Wall a scholarship, Williams stressed it had nothing to do with Wall's talent.

"I thought he would've been a great player for us, but things just didn't fit," Williams said. "Some shoes don't fit."

Yet even now Wall isn't sure why things didn't work out with the Tar Heels. "I still don't have a clue," he said.

•Suspended guard Devron Bostick, who missed Minnesota's first seven games for an unspecified violation of team rules, will play Saturday against Brown.


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