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Monday, May 4, 2009
Updated: May 7, 1:49 PM ET
Top recruit Wall charged in break-in

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- John Wall, the country's top unsigned high school recruit in basketball, has been charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering after police found him walking out of a vacant house in North Carolina.

John Wall
John Wall is ranked fifth in the ESPNU 100's Class of 2009.

Wall, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard ranked fifth in the ESPNU 100's Class of 2009, was cited in connection with an April 27 break-in of a Raleigh residence, the police said. Wall, a point guard at Raleigh Word of God, was voted The Associated Press men's prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina in March.

Police said an officer detained Wall, 18, after observing him leaving out the back of the home.

Two minors were also detained and charged in connection with the break-in.

Police said there was no forced entry and nothing to indicate anything was missing from the residence.

Wall's attorney, Anna E. Smith, issued a statement saying: "Mr. Wall was not arrested. He was simply given a citation and we are fully cooperating with the District Attorney's office to resolve this matter as soon as possible."

Wall has nine teams on his list of potential schools -- Florida, Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, Miami, North Carolina and NC State.

Frank Jackson, an assistant district attorney in Wake County, which includes Raleigh, told The Associated Press that a person convicted of such an offense could face up to 120 days in jail. But he said a first-time offender would likely have to perform community service.

A call to Wall's home in Raleigh found the phone was disconnected. His mother didn't have a listed phone number, and a message to the school's athletic director wasn't immediately returned.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.