Hall emerges in big way

Center Mike Hall has used a big spring to become a high-major recruit.

Before the spring AAU season started up many scouts knew that the World Wide Renegades would be tough down low with Charles Mitchell. What most didn't know is he would have a running mate in center Mike Hall. The class of 2012 post prospect from College Park (GA) is a long and lean post player who has exploded this spring, and now is getting major recruiting attention.

According to World Wide AAU coach Ryan Falker, Hall has made huge strides in his game over the past year and it comes from hard work.

"I think as a player he has really dedicated himself to getting better," said Falker. "The kid is a relentless worker. He is in the gym five days a week working on skill development, and another huge area he has improved in is strength and conditioning. His athleticism, strength, and explosiveness have just gone off the charts."

Falker continued, "If he keeps on improving as fast as he has since January, I think the sky is the limit."

For Hall this whole process has been fun for him. He went from being unknown to getting high-major attention, and Hall says he used the fact that no one knew about him as motivation.

"My spring has been amazing so far," said Hall. "It's been an experience. I was under the radar and it made me want to work harder and raise the level of my game."

According to Hall he is now in double digits for scholarship offers, and it is a mix of high-major and mid-major schools that have come forward.

"I have scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Cal, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Florida State, Georgia State, Georgia Southern, George Mason, Fairfield, Furman, and Tennessee Tech," said Hall.

Falker says that the new interest Hall is getting hasn't changed the hard worker one bit.

"This has kind of been thrust upon him, and he is just taking it all in and acting like he has been here before," explained Falker.

With a big spring blowup already in his rearview, Hall is working hard to get even better in preparation for July.

"He is a 3.5 student so he was exempt from all of his final exams, so he has been out of school for a week," explained Falker. "He has been working out with our pro guys like J.J. Hickson and Jermareo Davidson and guys like that every morning. He is playing against ACC and NBA caliber guys every day, so I think that is going to help him become something special."

For now Hall is open in the process and considering any school that is interested in him, but at the same time he does know what he will be looking for in a college, and it is no surprise that academics rank high on his priority list.

"I am looking for a school with a great atmosphere," said Hall. "I would want to be able to fit into the basketball program within the system and also a place where I fit as a student. A school with great academics and a high percentage of students that get jobs after graduation is important to me."


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