Wall goes for 27 in No. 4 Kentucky's rout of Clarion

BY foxsports • November 10, 2009

John Wall proved to be worth the wait.

The heralded Kentucky freshman scored 27 points in his collegiate debut as the fourth-ranked Wildcats rolled past Clarion 117-52 on Friday night in an exhibition game.

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"I asked him, 'Is that your 'A' game?"' Kentucky coach John Calipari said. "He was pretty good."

Maybe even better than advertised after Wall was forced to sit out Kentucky's exhibition opener on Monday as part of an NCAA suspension for accepting improper benefits from his former AAU coach.

He didn't waste any time getting comfortable against the Golden Eagles, an NCAA Division II school in western Pennsylvania.

Wall nearly outscored Clarion in the first half and showcased a little bit of everything, from a dunk to a 3-pointer to a nifty behind-the-back dribble for a layup.

"He's the real deal," Clarion coach Ron Righter said. "I hope (Kentucky) can keep him because he's in another league."

Wall's teammates weren't too bad either.

DeMarcus Cousins added 20 points, Patrick Patterson scored 14 and Darius Miller, Darnell Dodson and Ramon Harris had 11 apiece for Kentucky, which played with the kind of electricity lacking during a somewhat sloppy victory over Campbellsville on Monday.

Wall watched that game from the bench, clad in gray sweatpants. He looked more comfortable in a white jersey, running Calipari's "dribble drive" offense.

"College is just like high school," Wall said. "It's not a one-man show here. I've got Kentucky across my chest and so does everybody else."

Mike Sherry led Clarion with 11 points. The Golden Eagles presented Calipari, who played guard for the school from 1979-1982, with two replica jerseys before the game.

The Wildcats didn't exactly return the favor.

Wall received a rousing ovation when introduced with the starters and didn't take long to start showcasing some of talent that has some experts predicting his time with the Wildcats will be short.