Is Wall’s back against a wall?

October 23, 2009

The word on the street, or at least from ESPN and the LHL,  is that John Wall could be looking at an NCAA suspension over questions regarding his amateur status.  The same fate faces Mississippi State’s top freshman, Renardo Sidney.  

Wall’s eligibility quandary stems from his former coach, Brian Clifton, who allegedly was a certified agent while also serving as Wall’s coach.  And according to at least one blog, no actually two blogs  this is apparently not new news.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told ESPN.com that “The line in the sand is if an agent or whatever they want to call themselves was marketing an individual student-athlete or prospective student-athlete based on their athletic abilities. If so, there are potential issues.”

Penalties can include Wall being required to pay back any “expenses” or being suspended from a certain percentage of games. 

Just what would he have to pay back?  Someone tell me.  I haven’t a clue.  But I am curious.  Apparently, in 2005 UK’s Randolph Morris’ was suspended from 14 games after he associated with a sports agency during a failed attempt to enter the NBA Draft. 

So, what kind of card games get played with these “agents?”  Give me some of the gossip, innuendo, anecdotes, rumor –or better yet — true stories of the things that go on.  I wanna know! 

This is the kind of stuff that reeeeeeally gets me going.

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Warp speed . . . engage

October 16, 2009

There’s a great post by Mark Story over at kentuckysports.com on the mega boost of adrenalin John Wall and Eric Bledsoe are expected inject into the Wildcats this year.  The lickety-split Wall and Bledsoe are described as “blurs” on the court,  with Wall immodestly claiming he’s the fastest and Bledsoe dubbing himself as the Hermes of the hoops.  Story observes though that Wall and Bledsoe are not just fast, “they are fuel-injected jets who also bring both basketball skill and know-how.”  Story predicts the upcoming season as being “the return of basketball with a rumba beat.”  So, shall we dance?

Here’s some video of the dynamic duo’s fast and fancy footwork.


Wall Already Player of the Year

September 10, 2009

john-wall1I’ve been hearing a lot about John Wall (and Eric Bledsoe) being the players who will work magic this season.  Regarding Wall, the high hopes have already been confirmed by foxsports.com who has named him Player of the Year before the first tip-off of the season.  I’ll probably be doing a lot of studyin’ on Wall and Bledsoe for the next few weeks.  I’ll let you know what I learn — so beginneth the lesson.

Read more on Wall’s pre-season accolade over at kentuckysports.com