Tyler Hall continues to emerge as one of the top prospects in the Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois region for 2015. He and his Rock Island (IL) teammates face Normal Community Tuesday night in the sectional semifinals.
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Hall scored 17 points on 7 of 9 shooting from the floor to go with six rebounds and two blocks in Friday's Class 4A regional title game against United Township. The next night, the junior combo guard visited Iowa for its contest against Illinois.
"I just went and watched the game," Hall said. "I spoke to the coaches afterwards. We just talked about how the game went."
The Hawkeyes fell 66-63. The loss didn't impact Hall, who has visited Iowa many times and seen his share of wins by the home team.
"I talk to Coach (Andrew) Francis quit a bit," Hall said. "I feel they are pretty interested. I like Iowa. It is a good school and has a good basketball program."
The Hawkeyes still are evaluating Hall, deciding whether or not to offer him a scholarship. The Class of 2015 prospect reports offers from Northern Illinois and South Dakota.
Iowa picked up its first verbal commitment in '15 Sunday when Chicago forward Brandon Hutton jumped on board. That left Hawkeyes with either two or three scholarships in that cycle, depending on if they sign another player in '14.
Hall surfaced as a D-I prospect last AAU season with the Quad City Elite. He did not play varsity at Rock Island as a sophomore. He's started for the Rocks this winter.
"It's been good," Hall said of his junior campaign. "I'm getting better every practice and it's fun to go out and play with my team."
This spring and summer's AAU seasons could prove fruitful for Hall. He needs to continue the momentum he built up in 2013 to gain the offers he desires.
"I need to show the (college) coaches that I'm more versatile than last season," he said. "I'm just looking to go out a play hard every game. I'll just play my game and let everything else fall in place."