John Wall’s mother passes away after battle with cancer, says former coach John Calipari
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall’s mother, Frances Pulley, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Wall’s former coach, John Calipari, broke the news on Twitter.
Wall, 29, attended the University of Kentucky for a single season after growing up in North Carolina. Under Calipari’s tutelage, the Wildcats reached the Elite Eight of the 2010 NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament, falling to West Virginia in an upset between the top-seeded teams in the East Region.
Calipari took to Twitter on Friday afternoon to announce Frances’ passing and congratulate her on her child rearing of Wall. “[John’s] beloved mother, Frances Pulley, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer,” Calipari wrote on the social media platform. “The job she did raising John into the man he is today — incredible. Everything John is today — humble, a servant leader, a man of God — he got from her.”
Heartbroken for @JohnWall. His beloved mother, Frances Pulley, passed away after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The job she did raising John into the man he is today — incredible. Everything John is today — humble, a servant leader, a man of God — he got from her.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) December 13, 2019
The Wizards selected Wall with the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Wall soon became a five-time All-Star and one of the top point guards in the league, leading the D.C. franchise to four postseason berths in his nine-year tenure. Wall signed an extension with the club in July 2017 worth $170 million over four years (that went into effect this year), securing his spot with Washington until potentially 2023.
Wall, who has been away from the game for some time due to at first a heel injury and then a torn Achilles, will take the loss with a heavy heart, with his teammates and fans mourning Frances’ passing.