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John Wall, Basketball Prospect, Charged with Breaking and Entering

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By Javier Lavagnino, Esq. on May 04, 2009 1:49 PM

A news report from WRAL indicates that one of the country's top college basketball prospects has been charged with, of all things, breaking and entering. This news will surely induce nearly universal head-shaking, but it appears that the consequences of this incident might not be too extreme, either legally or for Wall's collegiate athletic career.

Indeed, for what it's worth, the circumstances indicated by the news report would appear to indicate that perhaps something more akin to teen mischief was afoot, as the charge was "...in connection with an April 27 afternoon break-in at an unoccupied house for sale at 3924 Laurel Glen Drive in Raleigh."

More specifically:

"Police said an officer saw Wall leaving from the rear of the residence around 12:30 p.m. and was able to detain him. There was no forced entry at the residence and no indication that anything was taken from it. Authorities would not say what he might have been doing there."

Although no joke, an entry into an unoccupied home involving no theft of property is a whole lot less serious than other possibilities. His high school (Word of God Christian Academy) referred any comment to the ultimate authority, however, "You'll have to speak with his mother about that".

Considering he was reportedly being sought by the likes of Duke, Memphis, and Kansas, it appears pretty safe to say that these misdemeanor charges aren't going to de-rail John Wall's hoops career.

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