Hall leaves Herd program
HUNTINGTON — Shane Hall left the Marshall Thundering Herd men’s basketball program after participating in only a few summer workouts.
Hall, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Prestonsburg, Ky., was an all-state player at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Ky. He signed with former Marshall coach Tom Herrion in November 2013.
“Shane says he just doesn’t have any interest in basketball right now,” his father, Brad Hall, said.
Brad Hall said they met Monday with new Marshall head coach Dan D’Antoni and there is a possibility of his son joining the Herd for the fall semester.
“It’s not ruled out that he can’t come in August,” Brad Hall said.
Hall averaged 17.4 points, 10.7 rebounds as a Johnson Central senior while leading the state of Kentucky with 4.9 blocked shots per game. His career total of 474 blocked shots is second in Kentucky history records behind a former Marshall player, J.R. VanHoose from Paintsville High School, with 541 from in the 1994 to 1998 seasons.
He was a finalist for the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award and made the all-state second team of The Associated Press.
Johnson Central (26-7) made Kentucky Sweet 16 state tournament appearances the past three seasons as the 15th Region champion.
Brad Hall said the Marshall coaching staff was understanding of his son’s decision.
“They seem to think this is a situation down the road that can be reversed,” Brad Hall said.
An NCAA Division I student-athlete is allowed a five-year period to complete four years of eligibility. The five-year clock starts when the student-athlete enrolls full-time.
Hall was enrolled in only one three-hour class and his five-year clock wouldn’t have started until he enrolled full-time in August, his father said.
Brad Hall said his other son, Seaton, was planning to join his brother at Marshall in the fall and become a student manager for the Herd team, but that might not happen now. Shane, Seaton and Samantha Hall are triplets.
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