An early entry candidate for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: The Adolph Rupp Trophy National Player of the Year while also earning player of the year honors from Yahoo! Sports and Rivals. A finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, the Bob Cousy Award and John Wooden Award. A consensus First-Team All-American and National Freshman of the Year. Voted as the SEC Player of the Year and SEC Tournament MVP. The first player in Kentucky history to record double-doubles in both points and rebounds and points and assists. Set a Wildcat single-season assist record (241).
Freshman (2009-10): Averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. Broke the UK single-season assist record with 241. SEC Player of the Year, AP First-Team All-America and Adolph Rupp Trophy National Player of the Year. Led UK to the Elite Eight, where he paced the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points and nine rebounds in a loss to West Virginia. Scored a career-high 25 points, including 12 of UK’s last 15 points, and tied a career-high with six steals vs. UConn at MSG. Set a UK record with 16 assists vs. Hartford, breaking Travis Ford’s previous mark of 15 assists (EKU, 12/8/93). Grabbed a career-high 10 boards vs. Alabama along with a game-high 22 points and three steals. Had a then school freshman record 14 assists vs. UNC Asheville, adding a career-high six steals. Named MVP of the Cancun Challenge after 23 points vs. Stanford, including two free throws to tie the game in regulation with 2.3 seconds left. Totaled 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament en route to SEC Tournament MVP honors. Led UK with 24 points, six assists and three steals at Georgia and 24 points vs. Tennessee. Totaled 18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, three steals and two blocks at Mississippi State. Scored 19 points, including the game-winner with 0.5 seconds left, in his collegiate debut vs. Miami-Ohio. Tallied 17 points, including 14 in the second half, vs. Louisville. Collected 16 points, seven assists and five rebounds vs. UNC. Registered 21 points and dished out 11 assists vs. Rider. Made 3-of-4 free throws and a key block to preserve the win at Vanderbilt. Totaled 17 points and 11 assists in his NCAA Tournament debut vs. ETSU. Posted 14 points and nine assists vs. Tennessee and 17 points and nine assists vs. Mississippi State in the SEC Tournament semifinals and finals, respectively. Earned SEC Tournament MVP honors.
High School: Averaged 22.1 points, 5.5 assists, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals per game his senior season. Led Word of God to a runner-up finish in the North Carolina Class 1A state championship game as a senior. Ranked the No. 1 overall prospect of 2009 by Rivals.com. A finalist for the Naismith National High School Player of the Year. MVP of the Tournament of Champions at Missouri State University. Participated in the 2009 USA Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand All-America game. Averaged 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as a junior.
Strengths: Outstanding athlete. Has great size and length at the point guard position. Can break down defenses and get to the rim in halfcourt settings or ignite the up-tempo offense following opponent misses. Gets to the charity stripe. Creates open looks for teammates. Rebounds, blocks shots and collects steals at a productive rate.
Personal: Has his owntrademark dance, the John Wall Dance, which caught on with fans after he performed it while being introduced during Kentucky’s midnight madness event as a freshman. Celebrities such as Magic Johnson and Drake have been seen performing it in Rupp Arena and it has inspired its own Facebook fan page featuring over 100k fans and a song from North Carolina rapper Cash.