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John Wall Research Paper

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Inspirational Person: John Wall
Introduction to John Wall
“You’ve got to stay humble and hungry. Just keep working and thank god you’ve got a chance” (John Wall). John Wall is a 6’4, 26 year old point guard for the Washington Wizards. He was born on September 6, 1990 in Raleigh, North Carolina. John went to Holy Cross high school and was scouted by many of the top division one schools for basketball. He ended up choosing John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. John played basketball at Kentucky for just one year in the 2009-2010 season. He entered the NBA draft the following year and was selected number one overall (espn.com). John Wall works hard for everything in life and has never had success easily handed to him. John Wall is a
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John Wall’s dad was a criminal who had been charged with second degree murder and an armed robbery multiple times. He was constantly in and out of jail so John hardly saw his father. When John was just nine years old his father was let out of prison a month before his sentence would have been concluded, but it wasn’t for a good reason. “‘We were drawing pictures of ourselves, eating, enjoying the beach,’ John says. ‘It was one of those days you wish your family could have every day, you know, where things just feel normal . . .Then the next day we heard the ambulance coming.’" (Espn.com). Jonathan Carroll Wall Senior had liver cancer and the bands around his liver were beginning to burst. He was brought into intensive care but could not be saved, at just nine years old John lost his father. His mom now worked two or sometimes three jobs at a time just to keep her kids alive. After the loss of his father John was depressed and began getting into fights at school. Overtime the tragedy of John Carroll Wall’s death had settled in. John’s mom still worked two jobs but they had figured out their family life, and it was through basketball (Espn.com). John had figured out a way to overcome his past childhood and lose all thoughts. Although the times as a kid for him were rough, he now strived to be the best person and basketball player he can be. A struggling family life
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