Can he ever live up to the D-Rose comparisons? Regardless of the physical tools the kid has, he is being set against some absurdly high standards for someone yet to play a college game.
Rose was certainly highly regarded coming into college, but was overshadowed in a lot of ways by bigger names and personalities even as he lead Memphis to the NCAA championship. Even so, he has lived up to some monster expectations and proved himself to be up to the task both physically and mentally, which is not always a certainty, especially with such young players.
Now, Wall is coming in with the bar set even higher, given Rose's recent success, and I am starting to wonder if we are being set up for a letdown, as the media and scouts' search to discover the "next" can create unrealistic expectations on some of these young players.
Nice observation, people put crazy hopes on so many people. Half the forum has him as a top ten player of the next decade already.
So what if people have him in their top ten? He's expected to be a really good player, if he can't deal with it then we are all wrong and if not then good.
Its our fault as fans....we look at these young guys and say there the next this and that and when they dont pan out....we joke about them calling them busts
yes, i believe in his talent but not the way everything about him sounds. Ex. North Carolina doesn't want him, he hasn't signed with a team yet, breaking and entering charges. I just wouldn't take a chance on a kid that you hear more of him in the news than you do on the court. Here are some players I have never liked because of the controversy around them, renardo Sidney, Derrick Caracter, John Wall, Brandon Jennings, and Jeremy Tyler. They all have remarkable talent. Sidney wasn't wanted by UCLA or USC so had to sign with Miss St. why, if he is so talented, that teams won't take him? Derrick Caracter was once a 1st round pick on this site, now he is nowhere. John Wall is the best basketball player in the country and will make millions of dollars in 2 years but decides to break into a house. Brandon Jennings had to be the first to go to Europe instead of college. and jeremy Tyler decided not to finish HS. I just don't like it when you are noted for being the first to do something that is not on court. But I will wait 4 years before I judge these guys on the court. I just don't think they will be good pros or as good as they should be.
The breaking and entering charges with Wall are so stupid. I am not going to judge immediately b/c I have no idea what actually went on, and neither does anyone else except those involved, but he's got to understand that things like that could eventually hurt draft position. Kids of that caliber basketball-wise already feel a sense of entitlement because everyone praises them and they know they're gonna make millions very soon, they need to realize those millions get affected by dumb off-court decisions.
*** I love the fact that Brandon Jennings went to Europe. I think every top prospect should go to Europe. If he qualified to play at Arizona he'd probably have done that, but he made money this year. The one-and-done rule is a joke. It benefits colleges more so than anyone. The one year of college education is a myth. The idea that they will become better players in college than riding an NBA bench may even be true, but let them have the opportunity to make money. People forget that NBA teams drafted those high schoolers, not the other way around. If a team wants to take a chance and invest money into a teenager then let them. People also talk about those that didn't get drafted, but that is false as well. Yes, you have a Leon Smith and Korleon Young who didn't pan out, but then you have : Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Amare Stoudemire, Josh Smith, JR Smith, Dwight Howard, Al Jefferson, Sebastian Telfair, Martell Webster, Desagna Diop, Robert Swift, Gerald Green, Jonathan Bender, Darius Miles, Kwame Brown, Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, and Travis Outlaw. What if Shaun Livingston's injury occurs at Duke and not on the Clippers, then he is screwed.
(Sorry for ranting)
wall and a girl and friend entered a house that wasnt locked..a house for sale and it sounds liek so they could be "alone" and have some "fun"..so its not that big of a deal. as far as d caracter is issue was noted back in highschool that he could potenially be a bust because of attitude and poor work ethic..the same thing seems to be said about sydney as well not sure why youd have a issue with jennings not panning out because there isnt anything that suggest that he wont
He is a little overhyped IMHO. His jumpshot is inconsistant and his ability to run the half court is almost non-existant. His athleticism is off the charts however! He is more of a potential pick than people realize. His HS team really underachieved and they have 3 freakishly athletic players with NBA athleticism. However that being said, his ability to create, defense, and competiveness is off the charts. He will be able to make his presense known off his athleticism, defense, and heart alone from the moment he steps on campus. But yes he is a tad bit overrated.
im not saying they won't pan out as players, i hope they are great. i just would have to do some serious research on them before i drafted them.