RALEIGH, N.C. -- The school is K-12 and still has just 172 students. Its gym seats only a couple hundred at most. Before games, fans and players stand for a prayer. There are several ways in which Word of God Christian Academy just outside of downtown Raleigh doesn’t fit the build of a typical national power. But with a new head coach and some of the top talent in the state, John Wall’s alma mater is quickly becoming just that.
While replacing last year’s #1 high school player is a daunting task at the very least, guards Dezmone Wells, a junior who has already committed to Xavier; Bishop Daniels, a junior who has offers from Wake Forest, NC State and Memphis, among others; and Stephone Drane, a senior who has committed to Western Kentucky; have made first-year coach Erasto Hatchett’s transition fairly smooth. Read More »