Former UK freshman sensation point guard and Kentucky's first No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, John Wall, has been nominated for two ESPY awards, ESPN's annual awards show that highlights the best players, moments and teams from the athletics year.
Wall, who went to the Washington Wizards on Thursday night in the 2010 NBA Draft with the top overall pick, secured two nominations for Best Breakthrough Athlete and Best College Male Athlete.
In the Best Breakthrough Athlete category, Wall will have his work cut out for him. The reigning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and first-team Associated Press All-American is pitted against Baylor star center Brittney Griner, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson and Washington Nationals pitcher and 2009 No. 1 MLB Draft choice Stephen Strasburg.
Blake Geoffrion from the Wisconsin hockey team, running back and Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram of the Alabama football team, and Evan Turner from Ohio State basketball are Wall's competition for Best College Athlete.
The complete list of nominees can be seen by clicking the nomination list. Fans will determine the winners in 37 categories by voting online. Voting is now open and runs through July 10. The winners will be announced July 14 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.