Kansas in Hall's Top Four

Denver center Ray Hall currently has Kansas among four schools atop his list, with more programs trying to get involved. Hall is a big kid with big academic aspirations, too. The latest on his recruitment inside.<br>

Kansas fans, meet Ray Hall, a 6-10 250 center from Mullen High School in Denver, CO.  “Rocky Mountain” Ray is built like a mountain and many major college powers are taking notice.  The four-star recruit is a top-40 talent who is rated as the #4 center in the 2006 class.  Coincidentally, the nation’s #4 big man, has a big list of four major players in the race for his services. 

Last week, Hall’s Mullen High team fell 62-55 to ThunderRidge High in the state playoffs.  The loss ended Hall’s junior season with a 14-12 record and tipped off a new season of recruiting for this 2006 stud.

With his high school season now complete, Hall is looking forward to spending more time trying to sort through the biggest decision of his young life and he’s got some great options as he looks to pick the perfect school for him.

UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina and Illinois are my main four,” said Hall.  “Georgia Tech and Syracuse are competing for the fifth spot, but those first four are definitely my top four, right now.”

Of those fab’ four, Hall has already received an offer from UCLA and expects some good news to come from the ACC any day now.

“UCLA has already offered me,” shared Hall.  “North Carolina and Georgia Tech said they’d offer me after my season is finished, which it just did last week.  So, I should be hearing from them real soon.”

With so many great programs showing significant interest, it’s easy to see just how difficult of a decision Hall has on his hands.  The 6-10 star says he does not currently have one clear cut leader from his primary four contenders.

“Not at this point,” admitted Hall when asked if he had a favorite.  “They’re all really good schools.  Right now, I’m just waiting to see which one has the most interest in me and which school has the most of what I’m looking academically.”

And what might that be?

“I’m looking for a good medical program.  I haven’t decided what field of medicine I’m interested in, but I’d like to become a doctor someday.”

Time will tell where Dr. Hall will be making his rounds in the near future.  One thing is for sure though, all four of his current leaders have caught his eye this season.  On Tuesday, Hall shared with Phog.net what has impressed him about each of his main contenders.

On UCLA:   “I just think they played great this year and had a good comeback season with Jordan Farmer.  Their freshmen are really good.” 

On Kansas:  “I just love Kansas.  I like the way they play.  They play good together.  They’ve got a really good coach in Bill Self.”

On North Carolina:  “I like how they hustle all the time.  If a team scores against them, they go right back down and score against them on the other end.”

On Illinois:  “They’re probably the biggest comeback story ever.  Nobody expected them to be this good.  Their guard play is really impressive.”

It’ll be an interesting spring and summer for Hall as he narrows down his list.  The junior center hopes to have a final decision made by late summertime. 

“I’m trying to make it before next season,” Hall said.  “So, probably in September or even August (I’ll reach a decision).”

As he sorts through some great options, he’ll also be working on his game.  The Mullen High star says he was really pleased with the improvements he made in his shot selection and free throw shooting this season, but he’d like to try to add some quickness to his game before his high school days are done.  As a junior, Hall said he averaged 21 points per game and eleven rebounds.

Check back soon for more on “Rocky Mountain” Ray, a standout center in the 2006 class.

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