John Wall, The Great Ambassador

Thomas Beisnerover 10 years

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Aritcle written by:Thomas BeisnerThomas Beisner
john-wall-y A game that already had significant buzz and potentially large implications for the post-season became an even bigger event when Washington Wizards point guard John Wall hopped on Joe Craft's private jet after practice and flew to Lexington to serve as the celebrity "Y" for Tuesday's game.  Wall's presence raised the stakes in the arena, but also made a major impact on the team, according to Coach Cal.  After the game, Calipari said Wall was in the locker room before tipoff and after the game to celebrate and talk with Terrence Jones - with whom he texts frequently (but presumably not at night) - about being more aggressive.  The former UK point guard, who records every Kentucky game to watch and analyze later (and reads KSR!), questioned Jones about why he's so reluctant to take the ball to the rack and settles for jump shots.  He also encouraged him to listen to Calipari.  With one potential top pick already coaching the guys from the sideline, Calipari obviously welcomed the teaching from last year's #1 overall draftee and said that he invited Wall to Nashville on Saturday.  Regardless of whether or not he makes the trip, his decision to drop everything the night before a game and come to Lexington to speak to the team and pay his respects to the program speaks volumes about his character. Wall's appearance wasn't just all about the guys wearing the white jerseys and the sell-out crowd, though.  It also has a nice little impact elsewhere too.  During the game, the nation's #3 overall player and big-time target of the Cats, Shabazz Muhammad, took notice and Tweeted this out: 

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I feel like I've said this a thousand times, but I love you, John Wall.  I really, really love you.

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2021-09-26