Wizards star John Wall is clearly ready to enliven ‘the District’


John Wall will be an absolute Wizard on the hardwood.

Standout Washington Wizards guard John Wall put on a show during Wednesday’s University of Kentucky alumni game.

Agreeing in July to a five-year contract extension worth $80 million, Wall compiled 40 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in the exhibition.

“[Eric Bledsoe] told me I wasn’t going to get 40, so I went to go get 40,” said Wall, 23, who Washington took out of Lexington first overall in 2010.

Averaging 16.9 points, 8.0 dishes and 4.4 boards since turning pro, the 6-foot-4, 195 pound native North Carolinian is a burgeoning NBA star.

Largely because Wall missed 33 contests with a nagging knee injury, Washington went a hideous 29-53 last season in the Eastern Conference Southeast Division.

However, teaming with promising rookie Otto Porter and solid ballplayers Bradley Beal, Nene, Martell Webster and Emeka Okafor, Wall and the Wizards are destined to breakout.

After finishing the 2012-2013 campaign with the 28th ranked offense in the association, the Wizards will be an entertaining squad battling for a playoff spot this spring.

Named a member of the 2011 All-Rookie First Team, expect the speedy, athletic and explosive John Wall to periodically “go get 40” and immediately enliven “the District” on the hardwood.

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