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John Wall skipping the ESPY Awards

7/14/2010

John Wall has been nominated for the ESPY Awards for Best Male College Athlete and Best Breakthrough Athlete, but the former Kentucky star won't be rubbing shoulders with the other celebrities Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

According to the Washington Post, Wall has decided to skip the event due to scheduling conflicts -- including a meeting for NBA rookies.

But that doesn't mean college basketball won't be well represented at the event.

Butler should have a presence in anticipation of the Duke-Butler NCAA tournament championship game winning the award for Best Game.

Butler coach Brad Stevens, forward Matt Howard and former star Gordon Hayward are expected to be in attendance.

And Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson, along with former players Ali Farokhmanesh and Jordan Eglseder, also hope to take the stage and win the award for Best Upset. After beating Kansas in the second round of the NCAA tournament, it would probably be an upset if they didn't.