John Wall has an interesting perspective when it comes to the recruiting scandal in college basketball.

As a former top recruit in the Class of 2009 (he was ranked No. 2 overall in 247Sports' Composite rankings for that season), Wall said he knows what it's like when people try to seal your commitment to their team. The seven-year Washington Wizards veteran put it like this:

"If you are the No. 1 guy or the top guy, you're going to have guys come at you," Wall said (via CSN Mid-Atlantic). "But you have to be smart about it. If you are only going to school for one year, there's no point in doing all the extra stuff. If you don't have any money and have been poor your whole life, another eight months won't hurt.

"I was trusting no one. Listen, I grew up without a dad since the age of 9. It was my mom working three or four jobs to support our family," Wall said. "If she could provide for me then, then she could provide for me when I was 17 or 18 years old for a few months. You know what I mean? You couldn't do nothing for me then. I'd been poor my whole life. Eight months? What is that money going to do for me? I was fine with it."