LOS ANGELES — John Wall plans to return to college.
Over the NBA All-Star Weekend, Wall shared his summer plans to return to the University of Kentucky to pursue his bachelor’s degree. Although Wall has cemented himself in the league as a five-time all-star, he wants to prepare for life after basketball.
“I’m going back to school this summer to get my business degree,” Wall revealed. “That’s what I’m focusing on. I promised my dad that.”
Wall’s father died when his son was 8 years old. In 2010, Wall left Kentucky as a one-and-done player and was the top overall pick in the NBA draft by the Washington Wizards.
Wall, 27, does not yet know what he’ll do with a business degree but wants to express himself off the court.
When Fox News talk show host Laura Ingraham recently admonished Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James for his political opinion, advising him to “shut up and dribble,” NBA players fired back. James posted on his Instagram page a photo with the message, “I Am More Than An Athlete.”
Wall agreed with the sentiment, understanding the importance of being multidimensional.
“When our career is over, when we retire and the basketball stops bouncing, we still have to find something else to do,” Wall said. “Whether you want to be a general manager, a doctor, a businessman, whatever, you have to believe on everything you stand on. We’re more than athletes and the stuff that’s going on in our society and in this world, we have to speak on it. I think we have the right to say whatever we want.”