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This might actually qualify as news! Banner day! It's been almost five days since we caught up with what John Wall, uber-recruit/basketball-playing robot from the future/teenager, was maybe or maybe not going to do with his college career, and that's just far too long for anyone's comfort, so let's get back into it. Why? Because today there appears to be actual news, sort of. From Adam Zagoria at Zagsblog:

John Wall is down to two schools — Kentucky and Miami — according to multiple sources close to the situation. “It’s down to the two of them, no question about it,” one source said. “It is Kentucky and Miami. The kid is leaning toward Kentucky. There is a little bit of a concern with the people closest to him that if he goes to Kentucky that they’re going to lose control.”

While I'm not sure what "lose control" means -- do we mean lose control of his behavior, or lose control of who gets to deal with Wall and how? -- this report squares with common sense: Wall raved about his visit to Miami, and John Calipari rarely loses top players to anyone. It makes sense. Then again, this is an anonymously reported take on the whims of a 19-year-old, so who really knows? Wall's response to Zagoria's text message -- "I don't know." -- pretty much sums it up. Neither do we, John. {Zagsblog}

Speaking of Miami ... Wall really did rave about his visit to Miami a week or so ago, saying he "hadn't really considered" the Hurricanes until he saw the campus and how athletes got along with each other, and so on. Miami's staying power in this recruiting thing really hasn't been talked about enough. Miami getting Wall would be a bigger coup than the time I convinced a girl I'd just met at the bar to watch "Punch-Drunk Love" with me. {High School Hoop}

If only blogging was like being John Wall. The Sporting News' Mike DeCourcy writes that everyone will wait for John Wall, forever. He has no deadline. Lucky guy. {The Sporting News}

Old, non-John Wall links for your enjoyment:

-- Most people lose recruits to John Calipari, and his former assistants -- his coaching "family" -- rarely challenge him for players. Josh Pastner, Memphis wunderkind and Calipari assistant, is apparently not adhering to that code. Ooooh. Drama. {Memphis Commercial Appeal}

-- "John Wooden is too busy to deal with death." Great headline, better photo. {Los Angeles Times}

-- More "Tom Izzo Goes To Broadway" fun, including a little more video. There can never be too much video of Tom Izzo dancing and singing {CBS Sportsline}

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