Hall Continues to Receive Attention

One of the first players Butler targeted in the Class of 2014 was Johnson Central (KY) High School forward Shane Hall, who is still recovering from injuries before heading out on the AAU circuit. Despite the absence, his recruitment continues.

Shane Hall's, Paintsville, KY, recruitment picked up last summer after a successful, breakout AAU season with the Louisville Magic.

Now Hall has eight offers from Butler, Tennessee, UAB, Miami(OH), Northern Kentucky, Morehead State, Indiana State, and Wright State, with Vanderbilt and Wake Forest showing the most interest of those that haven't offered.

This fall, Hall led Johnson Central to a 22-11 record.

Despite missing about a few games with injury, Hall finished averaging 15.9 points and 9.9 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game. He shot 48% from the field, 70% (150/216) on free throws, and averaged 1.47 points per attempt.

"His strength is his athleticism," Shane Hall's father Brad Hall said. "He gets up and down the floor. He handles the ball pretty well for his size. He needs to work on his back-to-the-basket moves, because he is more of a face-up forward right now. He actually shoots decent 3-pointers, but shoots more mid-range shots."

Hall has taken a number of visits over the past couple of years including Indiana twice, Purdue, Louisville, Cincinnati, Xavier, Miami(OH), Tennessee, UAB, Virginia Tech, Morehead State, and Butler.

Butler offered Hall quickly last summer and continues to follow the 6-foot 8 forward.

"Coach Graves, at the time, had done most of the main recruiting," Brad Hall said. "We talk with Coach Stevens as well. He spent a lot of time with Shane when we toured campus, and that's when they offered."

Butler isn't pressuring Hall to make a decision, they are letting him take his time.

"We haven't talked to anyone from Butler in a couple of months," Brad Hall said. "That is their personality. They aren't the kind of people that will constantly bug you to death. They know, we know where we stand with them. It is kind of nice sometimes."

With all of the visits and information that Hall has gathered, he knows exactly what he is looking for in a school.

"Academics, but also he wants a school where he can play," Brad Hall said. "He doesn't want to sit for four years. He wants to be on a winning program. I think that is the dream for most players. He is looking for coaches that are ‘good people' especially head coaches. If you can't get along with a head coach, than it just isn't going to work."

A topic of discussion amongst different fan bases is Hall's AAU status.

Hall won't play AAU until he is ready physically and mentally Brad Hall said. It is not yet decided which team Hall will suit up for either.

Once he gets back into the swing of basketball, his recruiting will again get started and Brad Hall thinks a decision will come this fall.


We're hoping he makes a decision in September and signs in November," Hall said. "That's our general timeline, but nothing is ever absolute in recruiting."

Hall plans to take a few official visits before deciding in September.

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