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Wizards Re-Load with Top Pick John Wall

Robert Stephens | 6/24/2010, 10:03 p.m.
Wizards top draft pick John Wall arrives in Washington. Photo by Yusuf Abdullah.


The Washington Wizards selected John Wall from Kentucky as the number one selection in the 2010 NBA Draft. The 6'4 freshman All -American American who averaged 16.6 points per game, along with 6.5 assist, and 4.3 rebounds was touted as the number one pro prospect coming out of college this season.

Wall spoke with the Washington media via teleconference on his reaction of being selected as the top pick in the NBA.

"It was great, emotional. Talked to my sister, shook my mom's hand, gave my momma a big hug. Shook my college coach's hand and greeted my two brothers and got on stage."

Wall also talked about the Wizards. " They had a tough time off the court last year, so basically me going in to try to help as much as I can, help them win games and learn as much as I can from the staff and assistant coach Sam Cassell and the returning guys who are getting in, just try to become a better team next year on and off the court.

With Wall being the top pick in the draft fan expectation will be high. "I think they all understand it's a learning experience. It's going to be a tough time. I'm going to have my ups and downs, and long as I believe in myself and stay confident. There's really not too much I can do about the fans feeling bad about me at times and feeling good about me.

With Wall being a pure point guard Gilbert Arenas will be moved to the two positions for the most part. "He's a talented person, and I feel he's (Arenas) a shooting guard.

As a matter of record Wall feels the Wizards can move up in the Eastern Conference. "Yeah I think we can (make the playoffs), it's a tough conference, so basically it's going to be a lot of hard work.

The Wizards picked up veteran guard 6'3 Kirk Hinrich and Chicago's number one pick 17th overall. The Bulls are clearing cap space to make a splash in the free agent market. Hinrich will give the Wizards a reliable shooter.

The Wizards also picked up the rights to Clemson power forward Trevor Booker a first team ALL-ACC selection. Booker at 6"7 250 should give the Wizards a physical presence at the forward spot. Booker left Clemson as the 5th all time leading scorer in that school's history.

Kevin Seraphin a 6'9 forward out of France another Wizard addition in the Hinrich deal played with Cholet Basketball in France averaging 6 points per game. He has athletic skills which the Wizards hope will translate into the NBA.

H' Diaye 7' out of Rutgers was the Big East defensive player of the year.

In local news Georgetown's Greg Monroe was selected 7th by the Detroit Pistons. Maryland's Greivis Vasquez was selected 28th by the Memphis Grizzlies.