Just over a year ago, Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall announced the start of his new North Carolina based AAU program Team Wall.
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Webb Wellman, of BallIsLife.com, followed the program all summer for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Team Wall and Tuesday he released the documentary of their quest in year one: Team Wall | The Launch.
“John Wall continues to do so much for the Hoop State,” Wellman said of Wall’s dedication to North Carolina. “We are extremely loyal here in N.C. and this project was an amazing opportunity to give people a glimpse into the Team Wall family. We hope people watch this and feel the impact of what doing things the right way can look like.”
USA Today chronicled Team Wall’s first year on the super-competitive adidas Gauntlet in the series Making of an AAU Team.
Kendrick Williams, Team Wall director, said the documentary “captures the true essence of our primary goal.”
“And that’s helping kids, period,” Williams said. “I’m really proud of what we accomplished in such a short time. All 10 of our players on the 17-and-under team will sign with colleges; that’s amazing! In less than a year we’ve grown our program into the largest in the state with boys and girls divisions from third through eleventh grade; I can’t tell you how that makes me feel. We’re making them better young men and women first, and then we’re making better basketball players. That was how I coached John back in the day and that’s how he wants me to guide these young prospects today.”
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