TOWSON, Md. -- Wes Unseld, an NBA all-time great who is more concerned about helping children than basketball these days, paid John Wall an incredibly high compliment Thursday, after the Wizards wrapped up their third day of training camp on the campus of Towson University.
Unseld, who held a basketball clinic for students from the Unseld School and Holabird Academy and brought them over to visit the Wizards at SECU Arena, was told about Wall's $400,000 donation to The Bright Beginnings Center in D.C. which caters to the families of homeless children. The Hall of Fame forward/center has been active in community outreach in the Baltimore area, the original home of the Bullets before they relocated to the Washington area and eventually became the Wizards, and was pleasantly surprised.
"I think he's an upstanding young man that knows what it's all about," said Unseld, 69. "I did not know that. I'm very happy to see that he could and did do something like that."
The students took part in drills led by Baltimore Bullets alumni Phil Chenier and Mike Riordan. Tierra Ruffin-Pratt of the WNBA's Mystics also participated.
Wall wasn't around to hear Unseld's remarks, but undoubtedly he'll be pleased. Unseld doesn't hand out compliments easily.