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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.

By Gene Wang  |  July 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall  
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Comments

Jon Scheyer decided to go to Miami...I thought he would have had a solid chance to make this team as the 4th guard...

Posted by: merajc86 | July 7, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

JaVale has bulked up to 252 pounds, so Bosh better watch out. Unbeknownst to him, he just came to the NBA's version of the black and blue division!

Posted by: melodious_thunk | July 7, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I know no one cares but news from TMZ saying LeBron is going to the Knicks. Guess Gil is staying put this year.

Posted by: demonj21 | July 7, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, at least Larry will be happy ;-)

Posted by: ts35 | July 7, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

TMZ's source is Jared Dudley who says someone in the Knicks told him. Not impossible I guess, but judging from the way all this espn special etc is playing out- I'm guessing Lebron is the only person who knows where he's headed at this point

Posted by: divi3 | July 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess Seraphin's appearance still depends on the consummation of the Wizards-Bulls deal? Is there any chance that that deal won't go through?

Posted by: JPRS | July 7, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

I guess Seraphin's appearance still depends on the consummation of the Wizards-Bulls deal? Is there any chance that that deal won't go through?

Posted by: JPRS |

I thought he had a knee issue and wasn't expected to play in the SL.

Posted by: VBFan | July 7, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I guess Seraphin's appearance still depends on the consummation of the Wizards-Bulls deal? Is there any chance that that deal won't go through?

Posted by: JPRS |

I thought he had a knee issue and wasn't expected to play in the SL.
Posted by: VBFan

Always a chance it could fall though, but I'd consider it unlikely unless both side mutually agree. And I read the same thing as VBFan, that his knee injury will preclude him from Summer League.

Posted by: ts35 | July 7, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

on June3rd it was reported Seraphin has a "minor knee injury that will keep him out 2-3 weeks" so hopefully they are just being cautious about the knee (as well they should be).

Was also reported he didnt have a work visa yet

Posted by: divi3 | July 7, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

the Bulls could decide they want to keep Hinrich and Seraphin....but who would do draft day business with them ever again?

or us if we balked for that matter

Posted by: divi3 | July 7, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

only way this deal don'i go thru is if Hinrik does'nt pass his physical. other than that it's official. team's don't reneg in the nba like that.

Posted by: dakel76 | July 7, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

What about Seraphin in Summer league?

Posted by: Gooddad | July 7, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

What's up with Landon Milbourne?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 7, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | July 7, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

awesome story by Wojo. Good to see there are some guys out there who aren't afraid to tell it like it is.

"They aren’t making James a bigger star with this big-top, but a bigger target."

That line in particular strikes a chord I've been debating for weeks now. Most true NBA fans are growing tired of the spectacle that James has become without benefit of actually accomplishing anything. More than any team sport, success in the NBA isn't measured by the number of MVP trophies on the mantle, but rather by the number of rings on your hand at the end of a career. In this league, much more than any other, ONE player really can make a huge difference and yet the (I'm throwing up just a little in my throat as I type this) the "Greatest NBA Star Ever" should be just that type of player.
LeBron's inability to lead a team that had no less then three former All Stars on the roster (aside from James himself) and a reasonable supporting cast past the second round of the playoffs.
LeBron did significant damage to his image with this whole fiasco and acknowledged his own mortality (despite ESPN's non-stop attempts to make him the second coming of Jesus) in letting the world know that he himself didn't think he was good enough to lead a good but not great group of players to a 'ship and he would, instead, take the easy route by attempting to attach himself to another star (or two) to get a ring.
I'm glad Wojo said it, because the talking heads at ESPN are only thinking of advertising dollars that are going to flow in on the strength of this BS dog and pony show.
For the kids? Please. If that were the case he'd use some of his $100 million contract to donate to the kids instead of ESPN's advertiser's money. We are not stupid LeBron and I find it insulting that you think we are.

Posted by: bullets | July 7, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

who is this "LeBron" of which you speak?

Posted by: Blurred | July 7, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

who is this "LeBron" of which you speak?

LOL.
Seriously. I'll be glad when this is over.

Posted by: original_mark | July 8, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

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