Marshall signs Ky. all-state standout
PAINTSVILLE, Ky. -- Shane Hall comes from a part of Kentucky that's been good to Marshall University basketball.
The City of Paintsville produced Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame members J.R. VanHoose and Karen Pelphrey. Hall, who actually lives in neighboring Prestonsburg, Ky., joined them as a Thundering Herd player Wednesday morning when he signed a National Letter of Intent during a ceremony in the Johnson Central High School library.
"I feel like this is a great opportunity for me," Hall said. "The (Marshall) coaches really want to help me. They want to help me graduate and become a better basketball player."
VanHoose played for Paintsville High School where he led the Tigers to a state championship in 1996 and received Kentucky Mr. Basketball honors in 1998. Pelphrey, who also went to Johnson Central, set the school's all-time record for girls and boys with 2,537 points in the early 1980s.
Hall was joined for the signing by his father, Brad; mother, Amy; younger brother Bradley who also plays for the Golden Eagles; brother, Seton; and sister, Samantha.
Shane, Seton and Samantha are triplets.
The 6-foot-8, 200-pound Hall has 1,235 career points while holding school records for rebounds (827) and blocked shots (332).
Hall is rated as the No. 43 power forward prospect in the nation by ESPN.com and is a candidate for the Kentucky Mr. Basketball award.
He has led Johnson Central to back-to-back 15th Region titles and Sweet 16 state tournament appearances.
"Our team is a lot better just for having him on the floor," said Johnson Central head coach Tommy McKenzie. "He's a slasher-type kid. He's not going to light you up from the 3-point line, and he's not going to play with his back to the basket all the time."
Hall described himself as a real good defensive player who blocks shots and rebounds and as an attacking player with the basketball. He missed part of last season when the Golden Eagles went 22-11 because of an ankle injury, but posted averages of 15.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots.
Colleges who offered Hall scholarships along with Marshall included Tennessee, Butler, UAB, Indiana State, Miami (Ohio) and Northern Kentucky.
"This a special moment that happens to very few people in athletics," McKenzie said. "This was something he thought out very hard."
The Halls are pleased to have their son staying close to home. Brad Hall said his son Seton will also be attending Marshall and might become a team manager for the Herd.
Marshall's style is suited to how his son plays, Brad Hall said.
"He's more of an up and down player than a half-court player," he said.
Hall said he's doing pretty good academically.
With the signing out of the way he still has a few high school goals.
"I'd like to win the state and win Mr. Basketball," he said.
Johnson Central's first game is Dec. 6 against Covington (Ky.) Dixie Heights in the Mr. Basketball Classic at Tates Creek in Lexington. The Golden Eagles play Dec. 27-29 in the Ashland Invitational Tournament.
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