Originally published May 4, 2009 at 12:54p.m., updated May 4, 2009 at 03:09p.m.

Recruit Wall charged with breaking and entering

One of the top basketball recruits for 2009 was charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering over the weekend.


— One of the nation's most sought-after basketball recruits has been charged with a misdemeanor breaking and entering after police found him walking out of a vacant house in North Carolina, police said Monday.

John Wall, 18, was detained briefly April 27 in Raleigh, but not arrested. He and two other teenagers were cited. Police said there was no indication of forced entry at the empty house or that anything was taken.

Wall, a point guard at Raleigh Word of God, was voted The Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina in March.

He has not announced a college choice, but has been pursued by Duke, North Carolina State, Kansas, Memphis, Miami, Kentucky, among others.

Frank Jackson, an assistant district attorney in Wake County, which includes Raleigh, said a person convicted of such an offense could face up to 120 days in jail. But he said a first-time offender would likely have to perform community service.

A call to Wall's home in Raleigh found the phone was disconnected. His mother didn't have a listed phone number, and message to the school's athletic director wasn't immediately returned.


Marcia Parsons 11 years, 5 months ago

Police told the station there was no forced entry and that there did not appear to be anything taken from the home.

So how can this be breaking and entering?

sdoyel 11 years, 5 months ago

Are we really "recruiting" him or is he recruiting us? He isn't coming here. This is no news.

UjayK 11 years, 5 months ago

I think we should leave any future John Wall story behind. Clearly nobody from the current Jayhawk team will red-shirt next year. I just don't buy the rumor that Morningstar's oldman is willing to pay his tuition to allow another scholarship spot, unless he is super rich or just purely noble. Plus, JH seems a unmanageable point guard - what is he still thinking at this stage with 18 remaining schools to narrow down! Any other smart kid would have had a final list of 2 or 3 right now. It shows his lack of commit towards any of those schools! Even through we get him, there would be too much fights over the starting PG position. Seriously, how would Coach Self keep Collins, Johnson, C.J and Wall happy? We'd be better-off have less talents than too much personalities.

RockChalkMoFo 11 years, 5 months ago

Change the headline, why involve KU at all? Just because we are on his list, we don't need to be associated with his crimes.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Even more.... He goes to "WORD OF GOD ACADEMY." I'm not a good christian but i know somewhere in the opening chapter it says

" thou shalt not steal."

Even if he took nothing this is BY FAR the worst case of Basketball IQ i have seen since Giddens went back to the bar......

Let Duke have him..... Maybe K can get the criminal out of him.....

I would think Baylor, Kansas and FLorida almost immediately distance from him.... I would also suspect Roy might do the same....

It comes down to K and Calamari for this kid.

Tribehawk 11 years, 5 months ago

I think its too early to be condemning Wall for anything yet. This story is missing a lot of facts we just don't know yet. Leaving somebody's house (which is all the story confirms occurred) is NOT a crime. Until the remaining material facts come out, let's not judge the kid guilty and crucify his character. We may just have some over-zealous cops here.

Tuskin 11 years, 5 months ago

According to :

breaking and entering v., n. entering a residence or other enclosed property through the slightest amount of force (even pushing open a door), without authorization. If there is intent to commit a crime, this is burglary. If there is no such intent, the breaking and entering alone is probably at least illegal trespass, which is a misdemeanor crime. (See: burglary, trespass).

Tuskin 11 years, 5 months ago

Right, Tribehawk. I'm sure most of us have been seen leaving somebody's house before...

Apparently the police believe he had not been authorized to enter. I certainly don't know the particulars.

ksuJAYHAWK 11 years, 5 months ago

Well, we don't want to bring trouble to Lawrence anyway, good comparison to Giddens. Our team is stacked for the next few years as we stand at the moment anyway.

Michael Bratisax 11 years, 5 months ago

I'm thinking this must have been a slow news day.

jayhawkinATL 11 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like he's just prepping himself to pick Miami.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 5 months ago

This is blatant misrepresentation by the LJW.

At most, John Wall would be considered a "Former KU Recruit". Bill Self himself has stated that he is done recruiting for this year. The LJW has reported Bill saying as much.

Once again the LJW goes out of its way to cast KU in the most negative light that they possibly can.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

No it's no proof he did anything wrong.... but why would the cops BE there.... if there wasn't something fishy going on.....

the chances of a rogue cop just happening on that situation is miniscule....

We've seen evidence of cops making mistakes in the past ( the cop in Houston who pull over a Texan who was on his way to hospital.... for example ) But why would the cops be there if there wasn't something not right with it..... as well..... Grant us at least that.

John Wall may be innocent, but initially people were siding with Giddens and CJ Giles also....

I would love to see it be them going to play pick up ball at a park after close.... but it doesn't look that way.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

5 decade..... It's pretty much an AP report...... LJW is just quoting AP... and Wall has not eliminated us yet.....

It's accurate .... yet not quite current

STLJHawk86 11 years, 5 months ago

This story reminds me of J.R. Gidden's misadventure at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart prior to coming to KU. At the time most of us (KU fans) agreed that the story was overblown and we were pretty quick to exonerate our star recrut from any serious wrong doing. However, with the benefit of hindsight it is interesting to look back on that incident and think about events that subsequently occurred in his life.

beakem_in_LA 11 years, 5 months ago

jayhawkinatl (anonymous) says... "Sounds like he's just prepping himself to pick Miami."

... or maybe his list includes Mizzou now, too...

On a serious note, our team for next year has all the parts. Bringing in someone with the slightest bit of controversy surrounding him would have all the makings of a careful-what-you-wish-for scenario (see "Giddens, J.R.). I hope we aren't still recruiting for that reason and even if we were, where do those minutes then come from? Are you gonna put Wall at the point and Collins at the 2?

Brian Conrad 11 years, 5 months ago

UK will get him Cal and UK do not want another NIT game. they would take someone out on parole.

d_prowess 11 years, 5 months ago

So can anyone explain to me why this kid hasn't signed with a school yet?!? What is he waiting for? Is there a story there? It just seems very strange that he hasn't signed so late in the game considering he is considered the #1 recruit in the land.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Well.... he seems to be affected by the whole Calipari thing.....

He probably looked at us long and hard until Sherron came back and decided Not Kansas......

Then saw no X at Memphis and dropped memphis....

he has since added kentucky ( or is looking more at kentucky )

Word is he was ready to sign with Duke until Cal left..... but again ... Word Had Bobo Morgan to us after LSU fired Brady last year.

tominkc 11 years, 5 months ago

I hope Self backs off from Wall, if he's even still recruiting him. We don't need him next year and he's OAD anyway. Not worth the headache.

bangaranggerg 11 years, 5 months ago

He was just at a house party, may not have known the house was foreclosed and not in possession of anyone attending the party.


kranny 11 years, 5 months ago

Oklahoma State would probably take him.

justanotherfan 11 years, 5 months ago

From what I saw in the comments section of cbssports, the house was unoccupied and along with Wall, another guy and a girl were also detained.

Not sure what all of this will mean once things shake down, but it appears that he may have been rendezvousing with a young lady at a vacant house because, well, I'll let you fill in the blanks.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Bank Owned house. Party With Minors Attending. Cops on the scene sounds pretty routine.

it also sounds like he wasn't doing anything major ( tell me a kid who doesn't find alcohol in high School ( specifically an Athlete ) and I will show you where Napoleon won at Waterloo )

Sounds like everythign is handled how it should be.... JW should have gotten a slap on the wrist..... as long as he wasn't in posession.

It also is a sign of trouble.... let's not kid ourselves.... we don't need this one.... we got enough players already......

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

We're not. He hasn't trimmed his list, other than removing Memphis after Calipari left.

Eurekahwk 11 years, 5 months ago

I'm tired of how people think they are just good kids being ornery when they are commiting felonies. Are you people that naive? I guess living in plush NE Kansas does that to you. Those guys went into an empty house to do a drug deal. That is all. And usually cops aren't so lucky as to just catch people in the middle of the city like that unless they have been watching them.

Theutus 11 years, 5 months ago

Eurekahwk, it was already stated it was a house party... Speculate much?

Eurekahwk 11 years, 5 months ago

If a kid is not good at a sport henceforth he is not wanted by every major college in America, he is just screwed if he gets in trouble. It is sad how this will all just go away for him. I bet his buddies get nailed.

tkramer 11 years, 5 months ago

Article says nothing of KU recruit. Header says "recruit" and that's it. Nothing here is inaccurate.

Joe Baker 11 years, 5 months ago

You can't be a top recruit and be in that situation. It doesn't matter if it is illegal or not, why place yourself in that situation? I'm sure he's a good kid, but he has some issues. What is Lance doing with a sexual harrassment charge? What are these guys thinking? Keep yourselves out of trouble!!

KUbsee69 11 years, 5 months ago

If Wall called tonight and offered to come to KU, I bet Coach Self would find a way to accommodate him. I don't think he's going to call, but just sayin'.

Anytime you have the opportunity to get a player of Wall's caliber, you'd have to try to find him a spot. If, for no other reason, than to keep him from someone else.

That's why you see the same stores in shopping malls that are close to each other. You take the storefront property to keep a competitor from getting it. You have to get your share, and then some. Just ask Warren Buffett.

Michael Pannacciulli 11 years, 5 months ago

He's going to go pro in Europe...not coming here so who cares.

Robert Brock 11 years, 5 months ago

Bring a Carolina State Penal League Championship to Raleigh Central Prison, John!

jayhawkinATL 11 years, 5 months ago

I agree, appears we do have all the pieces of the puzzle needed to win the title in 2010. No need to bring in anyone else.

Brian Conrad 11 years, 5 months ago

everyone acts as if no big deal. if you are sitting on empty house it is very large deal. very hard to insure. teenage parties in these houses end up with damage or trash. If this was your extra home desperate to sell, would not be happy with this Genius.

theajayhawk 11 years, 5 months ago

I have the whole thing figured out. JW's friends were planted by Calimari and so were the cops. Calimari wanted to get JW in trouble so that the other schools will pull out from the race and Calimari will come to JW's rescue.

Tribehawk 11 years, 5 months ago

Based on what's been reported, I don't think this is necessarily a knock on the kid's character. He was at a get-together in an abandoned house. "Abandoned House" does NOT equal "Crack House" or "Opium Den." Some of us here need to relax.

bad_dog 11 years, 5 months ago

tkramer: The article headline did say "KU recruit" originally.

Eurekahawk: Wall was charged with "misdemeanor" breaking and entering-NOT a felony. BIG difference.

Use of the slightest force-even opening the door constitutes the "breaking" aspect of breaking and entering.

6hawks 11 years, 5 months ago

Way too much bagage, and at $25/bag, forget it!

Jared Grillot 11 years, 5 months ago

Blah blah... teenagers in a vacant house. If you've never seen this before, you haven't been around teenagers. Is it dumb? Yeah. Is it world-ending, alarm-bells ringing, bring in the press? Please. I knew a teenager who shoplifted once, but I don't think I'm gonna call a press conference. Dumb kids do dumb things. This is not news.

Don Everett 11 years, 5 months ago

Who cares what the circumstances are, KU should distant it's self from a one and done. Any ass clown who says different is either a moosouri or pastureville fan. No excuses allowed.

5DecadeHawk 11 years, 5 months ago

Thank You LJW for altering this article.

The first text that was posted by "JW Staff Reports" was slanted with misrepresentations against KU. The new Associated Press text is more balanced, accurate, and far more appropriate.

Now the rest of us all need to allow John Wall the opportunity to have his day in court. Just because he was arrested doesn't automatically make him guilty. There is no point in having a kangaroo court in the media. We haven't even heard Wall's side of the story yet. Let the legal process play out.

TheTruth08 11 years, 5 months ago

I could care less about John Wall's side of the story or what happens with this situation. He's not coming to KU. He's some other school's problem right now. I'm glad KU didn't land him. Then he would be the Jayhawks' problem. KU has a good enough team to go toe-to-toe with anyone next season. There is no room for Wall. They have all the tools to win a national championship. It's going to be an interesting season and I can't wait.

suttonku 11 years, 5 months ago

Im not shocked by this news...kid seems to have a character issue...besides, HCBS said he was done recruiting and I would bet he pulled the offer from Wall anyways

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Drug deals ???? REALLY ????

Come on this North Carolina... If he wanted to deal drugs...all he would have to do is sign on with NCST..... oh wait.... they are still on his list ;)

Kids don't need abandoned houses for drug deals.... they do them when their parents are away..... Nor for sex either......

Kids go to abandoned houses when they have strictly religious parents who send you to word of god academy instead of let you party like a rockstar like every other teenager..... When you can't party at home without getting in trouble.... You find somewhere else to do it......

This seems like little more than rebellion.... and ineffective rebellion because if he WAS in possesion... we would all have heard about it ...... thanks to the 24-7 media .....

It appears he broke the law... but there was no intent of doing any damage or smoking in doobies ( wow.... this is comical.... ) or marijuana cigarettes as you young hipsters call them......

Let him go to Cal and become a real criminal .... or Duke and get reformerized by the "wonder Coach" Coach K...... EIther way, we only see him in the NCAA tourney .... and the likelyhood he beats is .... well... considering what we got is not very.......

Goood Riddance JW..... Thanks for getting HCBS in trouble for nothing.

keith horinek 11 years, 5 months ago

It was an old abandoned house. When you were 16,17, 18 didn't old abandoned houses draw your attention? I have to assume they were intrigued by the "mystic" of the ol house. No harm No foul. I agree it must have been a slow news day Raleigh.

TexasHawk44 11 years, 5 months ago

oljhwk: When I was 16, 17, 18, I was not working to become the number one pick in the NBA draft. While I know it probably means nothing to NBA teams, it is pretty stupid for a kid poised where he is to do something like this. Character probably means nothing to NBA GM, I will admit, but if there is even the slightest chance he falls just a little in the draft because of "character" issues, then why would you risk it? I just think it was a stupid decision by the kid -- if it is true. That is just my opinion.

On whether this is a story: I am not sure how some of you think that a local kid who is the number one rated high school basketball player in the country getting a misdemeanor is not news. I think the news merits exactly what it got: a brief on the site. Why? Because KU was (past tense, in my opinion) involved in recruiting the kid, at least to some degree. And because the kid still lists KU as a possible destination (not going to happen). And because some of the knuckle-heads that post on this site still have delusions that he is going to be a Jayhawk.

So, please everyone dust off their Journalism degrees which you received from your high school year book teacher and put your thinking cap on. Yes, it is a story. Not much of a story. But it is a story. And what qualifies me to have an opinion: I run a media company. And no it is not affiliated with the Journal-World. However, I believe that they do a terrific job in covering KU sports -- particularly Men's basketball. So be thankful we have a vehicle that covers a subject that we love and do a solid job along the way.

Thank you to the LJW for all you do.

Ervin O'Neal 11 years, 5 months ago

My wife and I were looking at new homes a few years back on a Sunday afternoon. We were looking in the windows of a nearly completed home when I noticed the front door was unlocked. We walked in and looked around. Should I turn myself in to the local police? If a police officer saw us walking out of the house, would he simply have told us we shouldn't be in there (especially if he could see nothing was damaged or stolen)? If we were black and this house was in a less desirable neighborhood, would we have been charged? Some of you are throwing out a lot of strong words about this young man's character. I would hate for stories to get out about my young adult years. What I thought was innocent fun might get me hung by a few (not all) of you.

yovoy 11 years, 5 months ago

criminal trespass - that's it.

i've gotten 1 for going into an abandoned house. wasn't a big deal. cop 2 didn't think it was a big deal (no vandalism, theft, etc), but cop 1 did. might've happened this way to wall. i don't really care about the kid. he's a kid. sure, a high-profile recruit, but he was a kid before he was ube-hoopster. i was recruited by (and came to) the u. i wasn't in the house making drug deals, wasn't having sex w/ random girl. i was just nosin' around and seeing what was up with the place. i did it many times after that.

it IS a story. look at all the debate it's generated. in fact, it might serve as more than a news story. it might be a cautionary tale for the younger ones that might read this story: don't let bad, spur-of-the-moment decisions, hurt your chances for advancement. even if you're a kid, someone will inevitably get pissed about what you're doing in/with your life and comment about it on some bulletin board. sheesh.

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 5 months ago

Here’s a much more complete story…

Also, use “Street View” on Google Maps for 3924 Laurel Glen Drive, Raleigh, NC. Hardly looks like “an old abandoned house”. It’s up for sale. Would you want strange teenagers roaming around in your house unsupervised when you're trying to sell it?

Now, how would you feel if you found out strangers were in your house without permission?

Rick Arnoldy 11 years, 5 months ago

STL_Jayhawk, copper pipe theft from incomplete houses is a problem out here in OH. You might have been in trouble, but you also might have just been questioned by the police before being released. I doubt Wall claimed he was house hunting, though.

jhawkpb23 11 years, 5 months ago

We don't need that here at KU. Have fun at Duke, North Carolina State, or Memphis buddy.

waywardJay 11 years, 5 months ago

Could be the house he was planning on Buying after he signs in Europe to play for a year......

He might have been shopping :).

Brian Conrad 11 years, 5 months ago

point guard supposed to be smartest guy on team. this was very bad desision . bad desision's and point bad partners.

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