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Prep basketball standout cited with breaking and entering

Posted May 4, 2009
Updated May 5, 2009

— Local high school basketball standout John Wall, one of the nation's top uncommitted college prospects, has been cited with breaking and entering, Raleigh police said Monday.

Johnathan Hildred Wall, a 6-foot 4-inch playmaker, averaged 21 points, seven rebounds and nine assists for Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh this past season. He is the No. 1-ranked point guard in the country by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

High school athlete cited for breaking and entering High school athlete cited for breaking and entering

Authorities said Wall, 18, of 537 E. Davie St., Raleigh, was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering in connection with an April 27 afternoon break-in at an unoccupied house for sale at 3924 Laurel Glen Drive in Raleigh.

"He was not arrested. He was simply given a citation that we are fully cooperating with the DA's office to resolve this matter as soon as possible," his attorney, Anna Smith, said.

Wall is being sought after by a number of colleges, including North Carolina State University and Duke University.

University of Memphis, University of Miami, Baylor University, University of Kansas and University of Kentucky are also pursuing him. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has expressed an interest.

Wall is expected to narrow his list of schools any day now. The signing period ends May 20.

Because NCAA rules prohibit schools from commenting officially on prospects, it's unclear how the citation could affect recruiting and Wall's decision.

But Dave Telep, national director of recruiting for men's basketball for Scout.com, said that unless "something bigger" comes of the charge, he doesn't see it as an issue.

"At this point, it doesn't look like it's going to adversely affect their recruiting of John," he told 99.9 FM The Fan ESPN Radio Monday afternoon after talking to two schools that are recruiting Wall.

"I wouldn't jump to conclusions," Telep told WRAL News. "It's a misdemeanor. It could be nothing more than a mistake."

Police said an officer saw Wall leaving from the rear of the residence around 12:30 p.m. and was able to detain him. There was no forced entry at the residence and no indication that anything was taken from it. Authorities would not say what he might have been doing there.

"I think John is a good kid. It doesn't feel right," added Telep, who has followed Wall for more than three years.

Two other people were also charged in the April 27 crime. Bria Renea Draughn, 16, of 3212 Harmony Court, Raleigh, was detained while walking along a nearby street. Reginald Leonard Jackson II, 17, of 108 Luxorwind Drive, Garner, was detained when he returned to the residence, police said.

Word of God principal Anesha Pittman had no comment Monday morning.

"You'll have to speak with his mother about that," she said.

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  • walkindogs May 5, 1:54 p.m.

    +100 must be one of John Wall's AAU coaches....or his biggest fan!

  • MR EVANS May 5, 9:34 a.m.

    Mr. Evans, every house has an owner, whether it's the bank, the builder, the personal occupying the house, the landlord...
    BluePirate

    I didn't say nobody owned the house, I said it was nobody's domicile. Domicile means a place of residence. The house is owned by the bank and was vacant. Maybe you should go to school with John Wall... you both have alot to learn.

  • 1Packfan May 5, 8:49 a.m.

    Didn't know that blue pirate - not surpirsed. I'm sure groups frmo all over head down there. I think it's GREAT. My whole point is that a truly positive story about athletes who are relly living up be the status of role model that young kids see them as, is nothing. meanwhile John Wall sneezes, or has a booty call in a vacant house, and it's front page news on CNN.

    The media is so focused on negative that we forget about all the good that goes on in the world.

    I think it would be great if the entire ACC sent a huge team of people, from all schools and all sports - mixing/matching people from other schools to help in these situations. Great experience.

  • justiceforall May 5, 8:05 a.m.

    He can play basketball, so it will be swept under the rug. Even if convicted, the recruiters would still flock to his cell.

  • anthony4 May 4, 7:57 p.m.

    "Speeding is not a felony (and usually not even a misdemeanor, just a citation)."

    Excessive speeding is a class II misdemeanor in NC.

  • anthony4 May 4, 7:53 p.m.

    "B&E doesn't quite fit the bill here." WRONG! WRONG!

    NC GENERAL STATUTE 14‑54:
    "Any person who wrongfully breaks or enters any building is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. As used in this section, "building" shall be construed to include any dwelling, dwelling house, uninhabited house, building under construction, building within the curtilage of a dwelling house, and any other structure designed to house or secure within it any activity or property.

    The statute says "breaks OR enters", meaning he doesn't have to "break", just "entering" is enough.
    I think "uninhabited house" as cited in the statute is where the boy was. The statue covers "curtilage", which means any out-building. Therefore, the garage is covered under this statute; he doesn't have to even enter the house to violate, just walking into the garage is breaking or entering.

  • burns44 May 4, 7:44 p.m.

    the fact that the comment board for this "story" is still up and running is ridiculous. there are no facts being discussed...only speculation and accusation w/out knowledge. i think this is irresponsible on WRAL/GOLO's part.

  • newki001 May 4, 7:22 p.m.

    Disappointing news. Hope his coach gives him Hell and gets the cobwebs out of his head. Your actions have consequences regardless if you are a stand out recruit. I'm sure it will be dropped or a misdemeanor so no permanent damage to his record. Bet you he ends up playing ball somewhere in the Triangle area.

  • catwoman1 May 4, 7:20 p.m.

    B&E doesn't quite fit the bill here. It's either trespassing or unlawful entry. More than likely, he just wanted to "score" off the b-ball courts. He is a teen after all...it doesn't excuse what the kids did, but if my son had done it, no big story on WRAL...just another kid gone to the pokey. Then again, if it was my kid, he'd might rather stay in the pokey than deal with me when I got him home.

  • chivegas May 4, 7:17 p.m.

    "Chivegas, so if I didn't mean to speed, I shouldn't get the ticket? Yay!!! I'll try that one if I get stopped for speeding (which hopefully I won't need to do)."

    Re-read my post. Speeding is not a felony (and usually not even a misdemeanor, just a citation).

    "Actually, synobia 1, yes you are. Just because the door is unlocked, doesn't mean you have the right to enter, for sale sign or not."

    I could be wrong on this, but anytime you have to open something to get inside a dwelling, even if it's unlocked, it's B&E. Now if the door were open, it would just be trespassing, but even then, you might have to be trespassed (notified that you are on private property and not allowed to trespass there) before you could be arrested.

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