Who would have thought that John Wall will eventually grow into an impressive adult after all he passed through as a child? Today, he is considered as one of the NBA players who have their speed and accuracy in check. His days as a professional basketballer started after he was selected with the first overall pick of 2010 National Basket Ball (NBA) Draft. With so many accolades tied to his name, here is everything you should know about the pro basketball player.
Early Life and Career Achievements
Born as Johnathan Hildred Wall Jr. on September 6, 1990, in Raleigh, North Carolina, he is the only son of Frances Pulley and John Carroll. He has a sister, Cierra, a half-sister, Tonya and a half-brother, John Caroll Wall Jr. His father, John was an inmate for a long period of time. Around the time he was released, he was diagnosed with liver cancer and later died of the disease on August 24, 1999, at age 52. With so much on John Wall’s plate as a child, he became violent but later turned out for the best. On his mother’s part, she tried within her reach to provide for the family doing several jobs.
For his educational pursuit, the basketballer switched schools on several occasions because he couldn’t abide by the rules and regulations set by these schools. At last, he found peace and became a better person when he started at the Word of God Christain Academy. There, he poured his pain into playing basketball, his then coach Levi Beckwith also helped in redefining him. All through his days at high school, he was noted for his skills and talent in the game and also received several accolades.
High school days were soon over and John Wall was listed as one of the best student-athletes in the country. Despite his stubbornness and arrogance as a child, his talents were noticed and with time, he got several offers from different colleges including Duke University, University of Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and the University of Kansas. After much deliberation, he settled for the University of Kentucky.
As the days rolled by, he played with the school team but was suspended in the first game. This didn’t deter his success, he later resumed and averaged 27 points with 9 assists within 28 minutes in an exhibition game against the Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He had an impressive record with the team and was later enlisted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame in the year 2017.
In 2009, Wall announced his intentions of joining the National Basketball Association but had a few challenges. He was said to not have met the criteria listed to join the NBA. As a result of this, he withdrew his application. Come 2010, his eligibility was certain and he was then selected by the Washington Wizards with the first overall pick of the 2010 NBA draft.
Just within the first season that John Wall joined the Wizards, he earned the NBA All-Rookie First Team Player list and also made his first All-Star team in his fourth season. He continued at a good pace and broke several records. By 2017, he renewed a four-year contract extension with the team worth $170 million.
Injury And Career Stats
Point guards are said to be the most injured in every season because of their control effect on the ball, they are mostly attacked by the defensive and offensive players.
All through John Wall’s career, he has suffered from nine injuries, missed over 40 games and has undergone more than four surgeries. His records in 8 seasons totaled 541 games, 529 starts, a point average of 18.9 in each game with 4.4 assists. At playoffs where he played in four seasons, he featured in 37 games and recorded 21.9 points, 4.3 rebound in addition to 9.8 assists in each game.
Salary and Net Worth
John Wall’s days as a basketballer is noted for impressive and outstanding records. With so many accolades and awards to his name, less is not expected from him, especially when it comes to his salary. With the Wizards, he pockets $19,169,800 annually and is estimated to have a net worth of $40 million.
Standing at 6 feet 4 inches, his position as a point guard is the best fit for him. With a height like that, he overshadows most players in the court and has a way of mingling his way through while controlling the ball. He weighs 95 kg, giving a perfect definition to his athletic body build.
Does He Have a Girlfriend
John Wall has been linked to a few ladies but most of those tales are said to be a hoax. The first lady linked to the basketball star was Karrueche Tran in 2013, she was said to have been flirting with the baller on various social media platforms.
The next lady who was linked to John is Hazel Renne, the two were said to have been dating sometime in 2014 and 2015, however, they never confirmed the rumours.
To the best of our knowledge, the basketballer is very much committed to his family and still lives in his family house. Currently, the star is presumed to be single.