After his team's 82-64 victory at Ravenscroft on Wednesday night, Word of God basketball coach Levi Beckwith confirmed that Miami is still in the recruiting mix for point guard John Wall, along with N.C. State, Duke, Memphis, Baylor and Kansas.
"Obviously, it's a great city to play in, a great city to live in, plus they're getting a lot better," Beckwith said of Miami.
N.C. State head coach Sydney Lowe watched the game from an end-of-the-court seat — he made no apparent contact with Wall — and Dave Telep of scout.com reports that Kentucky assistant Glynn Cyprien was there, too.
How much fun is it to be so good? Wall, a 6-4 senior, smiled after pretty much every play he made, and when he shoots as well as he did from long range against the Ravens, he's unstoppable. He scored 20 of his 28 points in the first half when the outcome was still in doubt, and he blocked at least five shots. He looks ready to start for whichever team he chooses.
Ryan Kelly of Ravenscroft, who's headed to Duke, started out cold from the perimeter and played more effectively closer to the basket. He did most of his damage — 29 points — in the second half but looks as if he could stand to bulk up before making an impact in college.
Word of God's 6-9 C.J. Leslie showed great ability to finish around the basket and even to handle the ball while running the floor, though his hot-dogging led to a few turnovers.