Player Profile: John Wall
#2 John Wall
Weight: 195 lbs.
Birthdate: September 6, 1990
NBA Years: 1
Drafted: 1st Overall (First Round) By Washington In 2010
Professionally: Was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for four consecutive months (January – April, 2011), becoming the first player in franchise history ever to win the honor in four consecutive months…Was named MVP of the 2011 Rookie Challenge at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, and recorded a Rookie Challenge record 22 assists in that game (2/18/11)…His #2 jersey ranked as the 10th top-selling jersey in the NBA in 2010-11…Became the third-youngest player ever to record a triple-double, trailing only LeBron James (twice) and Lamar Odom, when he did so at 20 years and 65 days old (11/10/10)…With 29 points, 13 assists and a franchise record-tying nine steals (Verizon Center record) in his home debut, became the first NBA player to ever record those numbers or better in a game…Became the first player in Vegas Summer League history to lead the league in both points and assists per game, and was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2010 NBA Summer League.
Personally: Raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, by his mother, Frances Pulley…Lost his father, John Wall Sr., to liver cancer at the age of nine…Actively pursues community events involving children, and surprised 200 kids with a private autograph signing and a John Wall Holiday gift bag after a game in December, 2010…Is a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including “Salute To The Stars” and the annual “Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery”…Attended Word of God Christian Academy where he averaged 21.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 9.0 assists during his senior year…Was ranked as the 2009 number one overall high school prospect by Rivals.com…Was featured on the cover of the January 11, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated and on the cover of the June 28, 2010, issue of ESPN The Magazine…Has a signature dance, The John Wall Dance, that became a national pop sensation during his freshman season at Kentucky…Is the first-ever Kentucky player drafted number one overall in the NBA Draft.
2010-11: Appeared in 69 games (64 starts) as a rookie, and averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 37.8 minutes per game…Led Washington in total points (1,131), assists (574), steals (121), minutes played (2,606), FTM (301) and FTA (393)…Notched 26 double-doubles (most for a rookie guard since Damon Stoudamire in ‘95-’96, and most for a Wizards rookie since Tom Gugliotta in ’92-‘93)…Led all rookies in total assists and steals, and finished second behind Blake Griffin in points per game…Scored a season-high 32 points, and had 10 assists and five rebounds at LAC (3/23), to become the first rookie in franchise history since Earl Monroe (2/24/68) to reach those numbers in a single game…Recorded nine or more assists in 10 straight games from 1/1 – 1/21 to become the first rookie in NBA history to have 10 consecutive games with nine or more assists…Recorded five games with 14+ assists to become the first Wizard since Rod Strickland in 1998-99 to have five games of 14+ assists in the same season…Scored 19 points and dished out a season-high 15 assists vs. UTA (1/17)…Scored 25 points (all in the second half) vs. PHI (11/23)…With 19 points, 13 assists, 10 rebounds and six steals vs. HOU (11/10) in his sixth career game became the sixth fastest rookie in NBA history to record a triple-double, and the only rookie other than Magic Johnson to have a triple-double with six+ steals within his first six career games…With 29 points, 13 assists and a franchise record-tying nine steals (Verizon Center record) in his home debut, became the first NBA player to ever record those numbers or better in a game…Forced overtime vs. PHI (11/23) with three free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining in regulation…Became Washington’s first rookie since Juwan Howard in 1994-95 to score over 1,000 points…Broke Muggsy Bogues’ franchise record for assists by a rookie…Scored 20+ points in 19 games…Missed a total of 13 games; four due to a sprained left foot (11/16-11/21), two due to a bruised right knee (11/27-11/29), one for a sore left foot (12/8), five for right knee tendinitis/bone bruise (12/14-12/22), and one for a league suspension (4/1).