John Wall appears at Wizards camp for kids
John Wall took part in the Washington Wizards Basketball Camp today at Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, where he and fellow draft picks Trevor Booker and Hamady Ndiaye spoke with boys and girls ages 8-17 and shot a free throw or two to boot.
Among the highlights for the approximately 50 children was the foul shooting exhibition at the end of the day. Each player was to take and presumably make his first shot, but only Booker converted his initial attempt. Both Wall and Ndiaye needed another try.
"It was tough up there," Wall said. "I lost the ball the first time I was up shooting. Second time I had to gather myself, got to redeem myself with the second one."
Another memorable moment for the children was an autograph session, where all three players sat at a table and patiently signed a picture for each camp participant. Before that, Wall, Booker and Ndiaye each spoke briefly and then answered questions from the campers.
Wall talked about the John Wall dance, which went viral on the Internet during the college basketball season, as well as why he chose jersey No. 2. Wall wore 11 in college, but the Washington franchise has retired that number worn by Hall of Famer Elvin Hayes. Wall said he opted for No. 2 in honor of his each one of his parents.
"Like I said growing up, if I were in the situation those kids are in, to have an opportunity to meet an NBA player, it would be a dream come true," Wall said, "and I had an opportunity to come out and talk to the kids. The key thing is always to give back to the community.
The players stayed for nearly an hour.
The Wizards will start summer league mini-camp on Thursday night with No. 1 overall pick John Wall headlining the 16-man roster. Wall will be joined by third-year center JaVale McGee and draft picks Trevor Booker and Hamady N'Diaye.
The three-day mini-camp, which concludes on Saturday, will be in preparation for NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where the Wizards have participated the past seven years. They will play the first of five games on Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
The roster will be filled out by swingman Cartier Martin, who finished last season with the Wizards, Maryland guard Eric Hayes, former Memphis Grizzlies guard Lester Hudson, guard Abdulai Jalloh from the D-League's Springfield Armor, former Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan, former Texas A&M-Community College swingman Kevin Palmer, Aaron Pettway of Ventspills (Latvia), former Tennessee forward and NBA forward Tayshaun Prince's cousin, J.P. Prince, former California guard Jerome Randle, Kyle Spain of Passe-Partout Leuven (Belgium), former Georgetown star Mike Sweetney and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Sun Yue.
July 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
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