John Wall was born in 1990 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was raised by his mother, Frances Pulley. Wall was nine years old when he tragically lost his father, John Wall Sr., to liver cancer. For high school, the point guard attended Garner Magnet High School and Needham B. Broughton High School before settling on Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh. At Word of God as a fifth-year senior, he averaged 19.7 points, over eight rebounds and nine assists per game. After leading the Holy Rams to the North Carolina Class 1A state championship, Wall was ranked as the 2009 No. 1 overall high school prospect by Rivals.com. As an NBA star, Wall is very active with community service through his own John Wall Family Foundation (www.johnwall2.com). He hosts an annual Back 2 School giveaway, which provides students in his hometown of Raleigh and Washington, D.C. from grades 3-8 with school supplies. Wall actively supports 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. The veteran point guard is also a fixture at Wizards Basketball Camps and community events, including "Salute To The Stars" and the annual "Family-to-Family Holiday Delivery". Learn more via @JohnWall on Twitter and Instagram. After being ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 high school recruit from the 2009 class, Wall committed to the University of Kentucky, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton as those pledging to the school in coach John Calipari's first season with the Wildcats. As a freshman, Wall started in 37 games and averaged 16.6 points, 6.5 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. During his Wildcat debut versus Miami, Wall drained the game-winning shot with 0.5 seconds left on the clock. The Wildcats finished the season as both SEC regular-season and SEC Tournament champions. Wall finished the season as the SEC leader in assists (241) and made free throws (175) and ranked second in points (616) and steals (66). Kentucky entered the NCAA Tournament as the No.1 seed in the East region. The Wildcats made it to the Elite Eight, where they lost to West Virginia. In April 2010, Wall announced he was entering the 2010 NBA Draft, where he was selected with the No. 1 overall pick by Washington.