John Wall has been billed as the top pick in the 2010 draft for two years.
And while he was able to lock in and focus on Kentucky in leading the Wildcats to 35 wins, an SEC title and an Elite Eight appearance, the anticipation surrounding Wall was about the draft.
"It was tough," Wall said early Tuesday after a morning workout at the 360 Athletic Club, hours before he would learn the NBA draft lottery. "I was 17 years old at the time and everyone was telling me about it [being the top pick]. I had to block out, stay hungry and humble.
"People thought I was just going to look over college basketball and not take it seriously, not do my school work and just look to the draft," Wall said. "But that wasn't my goal or my mindset. I went to Kentucky to be a better player. Coach [John Calipari] and [assistant] coach [Rod] Strickland helped me get better. The college experience jump-started me to the NBA."