Hanrahan: Wall rewarded handsomely

Hanrahan: Wall rewarded handsomely
February 1, 2011, 8:57 pm
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Tuesday February 1, 2011 updated 6:49 p.m.

By Frank Hanrahan

It's good to be John Wall.

The Wizards aren't winning too many games this season but the rookie guard got word that he was not only named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January but he is also headed to All-Star weekend to take part in the Rookie-Sophomore Challenge. Wall will be the eighth Washington player to represent the franchise in the Rookie Challenge since the inception of the game in 1994.

Wall currently ranks fifth in the entire NBA in assists per game (9.3) and leads all rookie performers in that category. Wall also paces the rookie class in steals per game (1.74), and tops all members of the 2010 draft class in points per game (15.0) and double-doubles (17).

Before he got notice that he was heading to Los Angeles for the All-Star festivities in three weeks, Wall got word that he was named the Eastern Conference rookies in scoring (13.9 ppg), assists (10.5 apg) and double-doubles with 10 in January.

Walls other highlights last month included a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute of a win against Boston, a career-high 15 assists in a win over Utah, and five games with 13 or more assists.

Wall becomes the first Wizard since Brendan Haywood in December of 2001 to take home Rookie of the Month honors.

Wall and the Wizards visit New Orleans tonight as they continue to look for win number one away from D.C., sporting an 0-23 road mark.