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Farewell to John Wall: An instant star at every level

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It's rare you see a young player so talented that they star at all three levels right away, but John Wall is one of the few. 

As a consensus five-star recruit in high school -- not to mention he might have the best high school mixtape of all-time -- Wall committed to Kentucky as one of the best young players in the country. 

In his freshman year under John Calipari, he dominated. He and DeMarcus Cousins helped lead the Wildcats to a 35-3 regular-season record and an Elite 8 appearance before losing to West Virginia.

Wall won the SEC Player of the Year award as a freshman and was a consensus first-team All-American at 19. He then became the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, where the Wizards, under new ownership, were sitting there to take him. 

To that point, Wall had been a star in high school, he'd starred right away at Kentucky, so the next logical step was to become a star right away as a rookie. It only took three games for Wall to show what kind of upside he had.

In his home opener as a rookie, Wall went for 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals in an overtime win over the Sixers. Wall had arrived, and this was when he was just that "skinny kid from North Carolina."

His run with the Wizards had only begun. 

Make sure to check back here at NBCSportsWashington.com for the next two video installments of "Farewell John Wall."