Wall, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., is the first player from the University of Kentucky to be the NBA's top pick. Kentucky has landed two previous No. 2 picks: Alex Groza in 1949, and Sam Bowie in 1984. The Wizards last picked first overall in 2000, when the team selected center Kwame Brown straight out of high school.
Wall's selection marks the third year in a row in which a point guard who played college ball for John Calipari landed in the top four picks. The last two -- Bulls No. 1 pick Derrick Rose and Kings No. 4 pick Tyreke Evans -- won the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
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Wall is expected to join embattled two-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas in the Wizards' backcourt. Arenas has played point guard his entire pro career, but will be expected to slide over to off-guard to make way for Wall. Arenas was suspended for 50 games last season due to an incident involving guns in the Verizon Center locker room. Arenas is still owed $80 million over the next four seasons.
Other veterans Wall will join in D.C. include power forward Andray Blatche, shooting guard Nick Young, center JaVale McGee and small forward Al Thornton. The Wizards have roughly $20 million in cap space to use on free agents or in trades this summer. Free agency begins July 1.
The Wizards also hold the rights to the No. 30 and No. 35 picks.