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MBSK 09_10 UK_ARK Web 62.jpgJohn Wall the Wizard? Believe it.

The Washington Wizards appeared to win the Wall sweepstakes Tuesday night when the franchise, against great odds, won the NBA's draft lottery.

The award? The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, which, by all indications, appears to be Kentucky guard Wall.

"It's just a great experience," Wall said during the ESPN broadcast Tuesday night. "Being in this opportunity to get drafted by any team means a lot. This is a good chance for me and my family and my team to work hard and get ready to play at the next level."

The Wizards had only a 10.3 percent chance of winning the top pick in the draft. The New Jersey Nets, who tumbled to the No. 3 pick, were the favorites, at 25 percent, to win the lottery and perhaps the services of Wall.

Even though NBA analysts agree that Wall would be the top pick no matter what team is picking at No. 1, Wizards minority owner Ted Leonsis declined to show his hand.
"I have no idea," Leonsis said when asked if he would draft Wall.

In the likelihood that Wall gets drafted by Washington, he will be looked at as an immediate cornerstone of a maligned team that suffered a disappointing year after the season-long suspension of NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas.

"I'm just going to come in and work hard, try to make the team better, try to listen to the organization and everybody, and try to win games for an organization next year," Wall said.

Philadelphia, New Jersey, Minnesota and Sacramento rounded out the top five. Kentucky underclassmen Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and Eric Bledsoe are all projected to be selected in the first round of the June 24 draft.

- Great story by Andy Katz of on Wall and why the future first-round pick believes a year at Kentucky benefited him.

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Don't be surprise if Washington takes wall and trades him for a vet. There are a lot of NBA players out there who are up for free agency. Dewayne Wade and LeBron James to name a couple. I think Washington wants to get better now, and the will have to give up Wall to do it. Wall is going to have a impact on the league early, but Washington wants to be in the playoff hunt next year. I don't know if Wall is ready to lead a team deep into the playoffs his first year.

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