Wichita State’s obvious need for this recruiting class was a big man. Coach Gregg Marshall believes he filled that spot with a basketball player ready to help immediately.
Carl Hall, a sophomore power forward from Northwest Florida State College, signed a letter of intent with Wichita State on Thursday. Hall (6-foot-8, 220 pounds) caught Marshall’s eye at the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson in March. With senior forwards J.T. Durley, Gabe Blair and Aaron Ellis scheduled to depart, Hall fills a need.
“Super-nice addition for our class,” Marshall said. “He’s a grown man who has matured in so many ways and is, I think, ready to come in here and help us keep this thing going.”
Hall, from Cochran, Ga., averaged 18.6 points and 11.3 rebounds last season as a freshman at Middle Georgia College. He was named to the All-Region team and MVP of the NJCAA regional tournament. He transferred to Northwest Florida, where averages 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in three games this season. He made 17 of 23 shots and 18 of 23 free throws.
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“He is a physical presence, who rebounds at a high, high level,” Marshall said. “He can score, both in the post and on the perimeter.”
Last March in Hutchinson, Hall averaged 24.3 points and 11 rebounds in three games. He scored 31 in a win over Brunswick (N.C.) and scored 22 with 16 rebounds in a loss to Monroe (N.Y.). Those efforts put on the all-tournament team.
“We loved him,” Marshall said.
Marshall put new assistant coach Chad Dollar, his Southern specialist, on the job after Dollar replaced Earl Grant last spring.
“We won a protracted recruiting battle for him,” Marshall said. “(Dollar) made all the necessary phone calls and relationship building. He just enveloped the kid.”
Reports this fall that had Hall orally committing to Virginia Commonwealth turned out to be inaccurate, Marshall said.
“We called to confirm that, and they vehemently denied that,” Marshall said. “They said they had been misinterpreted, misquoted, whatever. Otherwise, we would have not continued to recruit him.”
Hall joins three high school players signing with WSU this fall. On Wednesday, WSU received letters of intent from Heights guard Evan Wessel, Chaska (Minn.) forward Jake White and Whitefield Academy (Ga.) guard Tekele Cotton.
Koch Arena full again — Season tickets for men’s basketball games are sold out. WSU sold more than 8,500 and estimates it surpassed last season’s total by more than 100 tickets.
Single-game tickets to non-conference games are available. Single-game tickets for Missouri Valley Conference games go on sale Dec. 13.