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Posted at 01:16 PM ET, 06/29/2012

John Wall to Bradley Beal: ‘Stay strong’

John Wall, a former top pick, offered some simple advice to Bradley Beal, whom the Wizards selected third overall in Thursday’s NBA draft.


(Bob Leverone - AP)
Don’t let them try to punk you, Wall said.

“Stay strong,” he said Thursday night at Verizon Center. “Especially veteran guys, they’re going to give you the type of hits and things like that. But just keep playing.”

Wall said Beal was a “great pick” and noted the importance of other teams attempting to move up and select him ahead of the Wizards. He said Beal can spread the court, make shots and most importantly compliment Wall’s game. Beal, a shooting guard, is projected to eventually start alongside Wall in the backcourt.

Wall said he knows Beal a “little bit” from playing together in camps and the AAU circuit. He said Beal won’t “wow you with athleticism or speed,” but he makes up for it by being a smart player.

“That’s what we need” said Wall. “Especially with me bringing the ball up quick and getting it into the paint, I need guys that can knock down shots. I think he’s a consistent knock down shooter.”

Earlier in the evening, owner Ted Leonis said it would be unacceptable if the team made a fourth straight trip to the NBA lottery. Wall agreed.

“It’s not enough,” Wall said. “You have to find ways to get better by yourself, individually, and get better as a team. I think they’re making the right steps up stairs. People are doing a great job.”

Last week, newly acquired Trevor Ariza noted the improvement Wall had made in his jump shot. The two played pickup earlier this month in Los Angeles. Wall shot 42-percent from the field last season and averaged 16.3 points per game.

“Stop trying to fade away as much, just the little things,” Wall said. “I don’t shoot the ball bad unless I’m doing the bad things, like fading away and trying to shoot like I’m Kobe.”

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