Mike Hall Is Making the Most of Things

After completing two years at BYU, Mike Hall is ready to move on. He is anxious to build on the experience he had both culturally and athletically while in Provo. TBS caught up with Hall as he finishes up an internship, which is the final step in earning his four-year degree.

"I loved my time here in Provo and at BYU, but I'm ready to move on," said Mike Hall.

Hall has hired an agent and is currently brokering deals that will almost assuredly land him in one of the European professional leagues as soon as he finishes up his internship at the end of July. Hall is currently harboring offers from teams in the Brazilian, French and Swiss leagues.

"I'm definitely leaning toward the offers I have in Switzerland and France," said Hall. "I don't really want to play in Brazil, so that's not really a deal I'm looking at anymore."

Making the switch from collegiate ball in the States to the professional game in Europe may prove a daunting task in both a cultural and a basketball sense for most. Hall does not feel that he is the average college senior. He has been through the process before and feels that this will just be another building block for him in his basketball career.

"Coming to Provo was real challenging in a cultural sense," said Hall. "I'm a minority here and I had to adapt. Throughout it all I learned that I'm a very adaptable person, so I think that will definitely help me in adapting to the play and to the culture over there in Europe. It will be a challenge, but I'm very excited to go."

As mentioned earlier, Hall will have fond memories of Provo as he prepares to leave. "I grew so much here as a person and as a basketball player," said Hall. "Playing for BYU isn't something I planned on or something I thought I could do in the past, but I am so thankful for the experience and for the people who helped me grow into the person I am today."

Hall accomplished his major goals while at BYU and takes great pride in finishing up his degree in Recreational Management. "That's the main goal, getting a degree, and I will have done that as soon as I finish my internship, so things worked out great there," he said.

The 6'3" swing man also wanted to improve as a player and build upon his basketball skills. "I grew a lot as a player, especially this past season," said Hall. "It didn't go nearly as well as I would have hoped. I was hurt a lot and we didn't do too well, but I learned that no matter what happens you have to keep going and hope for the best. That's the attitude I came away with and that's what I'll keep doing for the rest of my life."

Hall recognizes that there will be new challenges as he takes his shot over in the European leagues. "Here in Provo I was very recognizable and people knew who I was," he said. "Over there I'm going to have to make people notice me and make a name for myself."

Making a name for himself is the goal for any American playing over in Europe according to Hall. "I'm not going over there to stay; at least, I hope I'm not," said Hall. "The ultimate goal for all Americans playing over in the Europe is to end up in the NBA and hopefully I'll be able to do that. If not, then I can only do my best and the best will come because of it. I'm just so excited for the opportunity and I aim to make the most of it."

Just like he did while at BYU? "Yeah, just keep on going," Hall answered. "Keep on taking the challenges I have in front of me and build on them. BYU helped me out tons and like I said, I'll always be thankful for the opportunities I had here."

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