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THADDEUS HALL ADDS OFFER FROM ST. JOHN’S; MORE SCHOOLS ON ’12 SCORING MACHINE
Thaddeus Hall can score the basketball. Nobody would need to look any further than his second round of the PSAL Class AA playoffs performance last week. The 6-foot-5, 195-lb senior for Thomas Jefferson High School scored 34 first half points to lead his team to to an 86-76 win over Robeson. Hall finished with a career-high 39 points, including six three-pointers, in the contest. Like a true leader, Hall praised his teammates in the aftermath, although he still admitted the first half outburst has been the highlight of his year so far.
“My season is going great,” Hall told NBE. “[I] can’t believe how much the underclassmen [are] stepping up [and] playing this good. My highlight of the season is scoring 34 in the first half on Paul Roberson [last Wednesday].”
Hall followed up the 39-point explosion with 25 more in Sunday’s win over Wadleigh in the quarterfinals. The back-to-back performances has led to a scholarship offer that has really gotten his attention.
“Yes after the Sunday game I [have] been offered by St. John’s,” Hall said. “I love St. John’s [and] they fit my style of play. They play very hard like me…that’s how they play hungry and hard. It’s a great school and have a nice campus and a great history of players that went to St. John’s.”
The Red Storm are not the only program showing interest. Hall also mentioned to NBE that he is considering schools such as West Virginia, NC State, Providence, Pittsburgh, Marist, Virginia Tech, Miami, Fordham, Texas Tech, Maryland and South Carolina along with St. John’s. He is definitely remaining open to the process and will look to take some visits once the season comes to a conclusion.
“No I have no favorites or leaders at this time,” he said. “I thank I will wait until my season is over [for visits] and I think it will be an unofficial visit for now if I want to take a look somewhere.”
Hall, who spent some time suspended because of academics earlier in the season, is making up for lost time on the court and his recruitment is also catching up with his talent. He will look to make a college decision following the season as he is concentrating on earning a city title right now. While he is a great scorer, Hall will also be looking for a coach that will appreciate him even more for what he does on the other side of the court.
“Most important part of making my decision is if I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and the school,” said Hall. “I’m never worrying about playing time because every coach is gonna play a kid who loves to play defense and make plays, so that’s what I’m gonna do.”
Hall feels his defensive ability and his long-range shooting will allow him to contribute the most early in his future college career. He also feels being a lefty will cause difficulties for the opposing players guarding him.
Thaddeus Hall will certainly be a player to keep an eye on to see if he can make his way onto a Division 1-A roster next season. If he is able to, he could be quite a steal as a late signing period pick-up.