Raleigh Word of God point guard John Wall told USA Today that he does not plan to enter the 2009 NBA basketball draft.
Wall said Wednesday that he never planned to file paperwork with
the NBA this year.
"I was kind of shocked," he said of ESPN reports that he was contemplating entering the draft.
considered it, never thought about it. You don't have to worry about me
not going to college. I promised my mom and my dad, before he died,
that I wouldn't go from high school to the NBA."
There are questions about whether Wall is eligible for the draft because he is a fifth year senior in high school.
Wall is in New York for the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game and could not be reached for comment.
Wall is believed to be seriously considering scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke, Baylor, Memphis, Miami (Fla.), Kansas, N.C. State and Florida.