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While the world is waiting to crown a NBA champion and close the latest chapter on the storied Lakers/Celtics rivalry, Kentucky point guard John Wall is beginning a book of his own. After an outstanding freshman season under Coach John Calipari at Kentucky, Wall has taken his show to the NBA Draft. It is presumed that he will be the first overall selection, which is currently held by the Washington Wizards. However, before making that investment, the Wizards wanted to test out the goods.

Today, Washington hosted a solo workout for Wall, a privilege that six other draft prospects weren’t given at a later session. Attending the workout were¬† new team owner Ted Leonsis, general manager Ernie Grunfeld, and head coach Flip Saunders. Wall displayed dribble drive ability with both hands, pull-up jumpers, and even brought a few dunks out of his bag of tricks. On his own performance, Wall said, “I felt I could have shot the ball a little better, but my back started tightening up.” Also adding that he felt like he did a “good job.”

The excitement about the possibility of Wall coming to the Nation’s Capital is growing as we approach next week’s draft. The city is no stranger to being home to bright young superstars that are selected first overall. Perhaps the best player in the NHL, Alex Ovechkin was selected by the Washington Capitals first overall in 2004. The talk of the baseball world right now is Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who was selected first in the 2009 MLB Draft. When asked about Strasburg, Wall said, “I’ve seen the debut of Strasburg. It was a big time debut.” Washington sports fans hope that debut magic translates to the basketball court as well.

Wall is also very aware of another big time Washington star. When asked about President Barack Obama, Wall said that he previously challenged the President to a game when the two met last season, but was declined. He added that he wanted to be picked by the Wizards in hope that President Obama would make it out to some of his games. “But before that, I want to play him in that game of H-O-R-S-E,” said Wall. You have to admire that kind of competitive spirit. Not even willing to take “no” as an answer from the leader of the free world.

The 2010 NBA Draft takes place next Thursday. Washington fans can do the “John Wall Dance” in some of this Wizards fan gear, available now here at Eastbay.

via NBA