Hale Having Productive Senior Season

A Wake Forest signee, Harvey Hale has been a marked man this year. A senior at Rio Grande High in New Mexico, Hale has seen every imaginable defense thrown his way.

"Harvey's finishing up a pretty good senior season," said Rio Grande High School head coach Ron Garcia of Harvey Hale. "He's been a marked man since he committed to Wake Forest. Every defense you can imagine has been thrown at Harvey."

Still, Hale has been able to score 18.5 points per game while pulling down 5.6 rebounds per game and dishing out 5.1 assists per outing.

"I think under the pressure and situation, he's done a terrific job," Garcia noted. "He's first team all-city and will make first team all-state. Despite all the pressure and media attention, he's done well. Around here, Harvey will score 18.5 per game but that's not good enough, everyone wants him to score 40."

"He really has [handled the pressure well] though," Garcia continued. "The most pressure comes from me though. I want him to be better and better and better. When he goes to you guys, he needs to be the best he can be."

"Now, he's a pretty good defender. He's got a good feel for the ball." Garcia noted that he is working with Hale on Hale's "ballhandling, strength, and shooting."

At this point, Garcia is not sure whether or not Hale will attend summer school, but notes that Hale is anxious to get to Wake Forest. "I don't know when he's going there, but I know he's wanting to go out there early and start working. I think that exactly when he goes depends on what Coach Prosser wants."

Tonight, Hale and his Rio Grande High teammates have a chance to make the state tournament by winning in the semifinals of tonight's district tournament against Valley High School. Rio Grande defeated Valley twice and lost in four overtimes in another game against Valley High. Hale scored 28, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded seven assists in Rio Grande's last contest against Valley.

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