Hale Ready For A New Chapter To Begin

Harvey Hale was the final piece of Skip Prosser's 2005 recruiting class and he was recently named Gatorade Player of the Year in New Mexico. Evan Daniels of DeaconSports.com caught up with Hale to discuss his plans for the summer and his senior season.

The high school basketball season is over for Harvey Hale and he's ready to move on to bigger and better things. The 6-foot-2 senior, led his team to the semi-finals of state where his Rio Grande High School team lost in overtime.

While the season is over, Hale continues to bring in the accolades. For the second year in a row Hale was named the Gatorade Player of the year in New Mexico and also made the all-state team. His senior year consisted of almost averaging a triple-double. He accumulated averages of 18.6 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists.

"I think I did pretty good, it was tough because we had a pretty young squad," Hale said. "There were just two seniors and the rest were sophomores on varsity. I could have scored a lot but I wanted to win."

With the season over and his senior year almost complete, Hale is prepping for Wake Forest.

"After that last horn, I was hurt. But that next day, I'm like, man I'm ready to go to Wake Forest," Hale said. "I'm part of the Wake Forest family."

New Mexico's Gatorade Player of the Year says that he'll be heading to Winton-Salem in June. "I don't know what they have planned for me, probably just work out and get stronger," he noted.

When Hale committed to Wake Forest he joined Kevin Swinton and David Weaver to complete the Demon Deacons 2005 class. Hale is the only guard coming in this year and, with the possibility of Chris Paul leaving for the NBA and Taron Downey graduating, Hale might be forced to step in with big minutes early.

Hale says there are a few things he needs to work on individually including his strength to help him be ready for college basketball. "Coaches told me to start working on my shot and work on getting the open shot," Hale responded. "I've been working on my strength. The ACC is all about strength so I'm working on my strength."

With the summer inching closer and closer, Hale says he couldn't have made a better decision and can't wait to play for Wake Forest.

"Oh man, I'm excited! I made the right decision. My family says I made the right decision. Everyone says I made the right decision. Everyone down here is happy for me it's just so exciting. I made a great decision!"

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