Shane Hall hoping shift pays off in July

INDIANAPOLIS — The adidas Invitational was an important event to be a part of for Johnson Central (KY) forward Shane Hall.

So Hall, the No. 72 player nationally in the class of 2014 according to Scout.com, opted to play with the Louisville Magic rather than Hoop Dreams, the team he played with in the spring.

The move to play alongside Louisville commit Quentin Snider and five-star guard D’Angelo Russell paid off for Hall and the Magic, who won the tournament for the second straight year.

“On this team, every guy on the bench and on the court can score and do something with the ball,” Hall told Inside the Hall. “We win a lot more games, and we go farther in the tournaments, so more coaches see us.”

While he’s still somewhat under the radar, Hall’s athleticism at the power forward position is unique.

At 6-foot-8 and 205 pounds, he can put the ball on the floor, block shots and finish with dunks around the basket.

He said his role with the Magic differs from his duties at Johnson Central, where he’s counted on to play multiple positions.

“In high school, I do mostly everything. I come out to the wing, I post up, I handle the ball,” Hall said. “On this team, I don’t have to handle the ball. I can just be the big guy down low in the post.”

Indiana is among the schools that Hall says has been in regular contact in recent months. UAB (offer), Virginia Tech, Louisville and Kentucky have all expressed different degrees of interest to this point and Hall hopes that playing with the Magic in July will lead to additional schools taking a look.

He’s already taken two unofficial visits to Bloomington, including a trip to Hoosier Hysteria last fall.

The turnout of IU fans to the opening practice was impressive in the eyes of Hall, who called Assembly Hall “pretty awesome.”

The presence of Tom Crean at Indiana is also a positive for the big man from eastern Kentucky, who is impressed by the energy and intensity Crean brings.

“He likes to work hard and make everyone better,” Hall said. “He likes to fast break and likes to be intense. I like to get up and down the court and get everyone hyped up.”

More from the adidas Invitational:

· HD Video: Trevon Bluiett at the adidas Invitational
· HD Video: Noah Vonleh at the adidas Invitational
· Photo Gallery: adidas Invitational (part two)
· Photo Gallery: adidas Invitational (part one)
· Vonleh’s coach: “He’s a kid that doesn’t have any kinks in his armor”
· D’Angelo Russell: “I can be No. 1″
· List of suitors for Trevon Bluiett continues to grow
· Reuter on IU: “I loved everything about it”
· Davis continues to work on jump shot

  • GalenaScott

    In the championship game with Team Thad, Hall had at least nine block shots under the board and about 14 points. He was huge. Hall has potential to become a really good power forward.

  • GalenaScott

    In the championship game with Team Thad, Hall had at least nine block shots under the board and about 14 points. He was huge. Hall has potential to become a really good power forward.

  • inLinE6

    Good kid but I doubt he’ll end up in candy stripes. Our 2014 class is simply too talented and competitive. Alexander, Russell, Lyle, Vonleh, Booth, Pinson, Bluiett, Jones, are all battling for the last 2 or 3 spots.

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole RatKingSports

    I would say Hall is far more likely to end up in Candy stripes than Alexander or Russell. Sure if Indiana had their pick of the litter, we would take the #1,2,3, and 4th best prospects in the nation, but it doesn’t work that way. Hall has already taken two visits to Btown. So there is obviously a significant amount of interest on both sides.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    I wouldnt count him out just yet. I agree right now he seems to be on the fringe a little……a very very nice consolation prize if nothing else. But some of those folks on your list, specfically Alexander, Russell, Vonleh, and Jones, are probably more pipe dreams than realistic possibilities right now. Maybe not Vonleh just based on his recent comments. By this time next Summer you could easily see Hall in the top 40 and lots of schools falling all over themselves to land him. He’s skilled.

  • Kelin Blab

    Great point and Team Thad had a helluva team and he did a great job.

  • Kelin Blab

    I like this kids game….

    + He is a BOUNCY forward and if you don’t box out he will make you pay for it
    + Plays smart and can play inside out or outside in
    + Has some Will in him.
    + May not be highly ranked now but as we know rankings are not everything. You tube him……and enjoy.

    *** On a personal note not sure who or how many but I give a
    moderator thank you to anyone who has or will donate to ITH this week or
    soon. The summers as you know can be blah but these guys (Alex, Greg,
    and the entire staff )are bringing it. Including Jamie Owens with the
    photo’s.

    So please give what you can, tweet about supporting ITH, hell do a
    car wash if you want…… other summer events are out there to be
    covered, new names are popping up, kids are cutting down their list, and
    ITH is on it..DAILY ******

  • http://www.facebook.com/charles.williamson.90 Charles Williamson

    If I am not mistaken, I believe CTC attended one of his games right after the B1G tourney. I was wondering who he was going to watch in south eastern KY. makes sense now.

  • Reggie Hoosier

    Reminds me of the guy who just transfered from Michigan smotritz or something.

  • marcusgresham

    In regards to the other guys on the wishlist for his class, it goes back to that question of having someone like Vonleh for maybe 1 year or this kid for 3 or 4.

  • York538

    Do NOT sleep on this kid. I just watched a video of him and he had some sick slams. He handles the ball really well for 6’8 too. I’m interested to see how his recruitment goes.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I have to disagree with you here. Just because he is fairly tall and white doesn’t mean he plays like Evan Smotrycz. Shane Hall posts up and is far more athletic than Smotrycz. He isn’t the threat from the outside that Smotrycz was/is.

    He has the same skin color as another player, it doesn’t mean he is the same kind of player.

  • CreamandCrimson

    I have to disagree with you here. Just because he is fairly tall and white doesn’t mean he plays like Evan Smotrycz. Shane Hall posts up and is far more athletic than Smotrycz. He isn’t the threat from the outside that Smotrycz was/is.

    He has the same skin color as another player, it doesn’t mean he is the same kind of player.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265534885 Daniel Brown

    Alexander and Russell i think will both be Kentucky Wildcats unfortunately. :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265534885 Daniel Brown

    Alexander and Russell i think will both be Kentucky Wildcats unfortunately. :(

  • SCHoosier

    Is that 6-8 slab of manhood from CONN (Reuter?) in this kid’s class? Two different types of players…I guess.

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