Granger Hall (basketball)

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Granger Hall
No. 11
Power forward
Personal information
Born (1962-06-18) June 18, 1962 (age 52)
Newark, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Clayton (Clayton, New Jersey)
College Temple (1980–1985)
NBA draft 1985 / Round: 4 / Pick: 78th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 1985–1998
Career history
1985–1986 Fórum Filatélico
1986 Wildwood Aces
1986–1992 Huesca La Magia
1992–1994 TDK Manresa
1994–1995 Caja San Fernando
1995–1996 CB Salamanca
1996–1997 TDK Manresa
1997–1998 CB Ciudad de Huelva
Career highlights and awards

Granger Errol Hall (born June 18, 1962) is a retired American basketball player. A standout player at Temple University, Hall played in Spain's Liga ACB for 13 years for a variety of clubs and retired as that league's all-time leading rebounder.

College career[edit]

Hall grew up in Clayton, New Jersey and played for his hometown team at Clayton Middle/High School.[1] He went on to Temple to play for coach Don Casey in the East Coast Conference. After playing sparingly as a freshman, Hall broke out as a sophomore in 1981–82, averaging 14.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and sharing conference player of the year honors with American University's Mark Nickens.[2]

In the offseason, Temple moved to the Atlantic 10 Conference and Casey was replaced by John Chaney. Hall appeared poised for another great year as a junior, averaging 20.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in the first five games of the year. However, he injured his knee in a game against William & Mary, had season-ending surgery and took a medical redshirt.[3]

After a season of rehabilitation, Hall returned for the 1983–84 season and teamed with future NBA guard Terence Stansbury to lead the Owls to a 26-5 record and an undefeated Atlantic 10 season. Hall averaged 16.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. With Stansbury departing, the primary scoring load fell to Hall in his senior season. He filled this role admirably, averaging 18.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.[4] At the conclusion of the season, he was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, giving Hall the unusual distinction of being named player of the year in two different NCAA Division I conferences (the only other player to do this was Sedric Webber).

Granger Hall finished his Temple career as one of the most decorated Owls in men's basketball history. In addition to his two conference player of the year awards, Hall was a three-time honorable mention All-American, a three time first team All-Conference pick, and a three-time all Philadelphia Big 5 selection. He graduated as Temple's all-time leader in field goal percentage (since eclipsed), and free throw attempts. He was named to the Temple Athletic and Philadelphia Big 5 halls of fame.[4]

Professional career[edit]

After graduation, Hall was selected in the fourth round (78th pick overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns.[5] After failing to make the team, Hall signed with Fórum Filatélico of Spain's Liga ACB. This began a career in Spain that would last thirteen years as Hall played for Huesca La Magia, TDK Manresa, Caja San Fernando, CB Salamanca and CB Ciudad de Huelva.[6] Hall retired in 1998 with career averages of 18.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. He ended his career as the leading rebounder in league history (4,292 total), and is also in the top 10 all time in total points (8,039), blocked shots (348) and minutes played (15,395).[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Hall Decks Hawks", Philadelphia Daily News, January 5, 1984. Accessed July 24, 2012. "Temple coach John Chaney first saw Granger Hall play five years ago in the Al Donofrio Memorial Tournament at Conshohocken. Hall, a relative unknown from Clayton High School in South Jersey, was playing against Tony Costner at the time and doing a good job of holding Overbrook High School's Parade All-America center to a standoff."
  2. ^ 1989-90 East Coast Conference Men's Basketball media guide
  3. ^ "Pinckney's 20 leads Villanova win". The Day. December 19, 1982. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b 2010-11 Temple Owls men's basketball guide
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Liga ACB Profile (Spanish)
  7. ^ 2009-10 Liga ACB Guide, pp. 208-09 (Spanish)