The ascent of Cape Henry (Va.) rising junior Devon Hall continued last week, with three new offers coming in from Wake Forest, Memphis and Missouri.
“He just got back from the Elite 100 camp and he did really well there. There were reports he was the best point guard at the camp,” said Mark Hall, Devon’s father and high school coach. "We’re waiting to hear about the
One visit Hall will definitely be making is a return trip to Maryland the first week in August. Hall visited Maryland three weeks ago, but coach Mark Turgeon was out of town at the time. The Terps appear to have become a serious early contender in his recruitment, so he and his father want to get back to College Park and meet with the head man.
The elder Hall, a Baltimore native, said the Terps have remained in steady contact and he's been thoroughly impressed with what he's seen of Turgeon so far.
"I don't think there's a sales pitch with him," Hall said. "I think it's a genuine response. I think they like him as a person. They love him as a basketball player and they see him as a fit for the program, not only academically, but also to help get them back to the level they haven't been at since 2002. I get the feeling he's really sincere. I can see through the smoke and mirrors. I know everyone has to sell their basketball program, but Maryland doesn't really have to sell their program."
It's clear the Halls have done their homework when speaking to the father, who can seemingly name most of the players on the roster and their expected roles. He coached against – and is high on – incoming freshman guard Seth Allen, and also had a chance to meet fellow newcomer Shaquille Cleare during their first visit.
"Shaq's really a gentle giant. Really nice kid," Mark Hall said.
He also got to know athletic director Kevin Anderson and Natasha Criss, the lead academic support staff member for the men's basketball program.
"Kevin Anderson, he was wonderful. He was a great guy. The academic [support] young lady, Natasha, was great as well. She seems to have all of the guys wrapped around her finger, like a mother away from home," Hall said.
Devon Hall, a 6-5, 207-pound point guard, now has 13 offers and will undoubtedly continue to collect more as the summer progresses. While he's already doing his homework on the schools recruiting him, a pre-junior year commitment seems unlikely.
"I think it's safe to say that's not going to happen. It's up to him, but I doubt it. I'm telling him to go through the process. There's no rush," Mark Hall said.
Still, Hall said the appeal of having his son play at Maryland for Turgeon has grown.
“I like his system. There’s a lot of freedom, a lot of screens, a lot of NBA stuff like picks and rolls, drags,” he said. “And I think he got everything he could out of that team in his first year. They won more games than anyone could have expected.”