With colleges about to begin the new school year, former Lakeside basketball player Chris Hall got his selection in just under the wire.
Saturday afternoon at his home in front of a small group of coaches, family and friends, Hall signed his letter of intent to play basketball for Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.
”I’m really, really excited,” said Hall. “I’m ready to start. I’m ready to get going.”
While he didn’t appear nervous about how close it was to the start of the year, it was a different story for at least one of his parents.
“It was a little stressful,” admitted Hall’s father, Joe.
In the end, signing on the dotted line was a big achievement for Hall and his family.
“It’s a very proud day,” Joe Hall said.
In 2012, the 6-foot-3 Hall finished his senior season averaging 17.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the 2012 Region 2-AAAA All-Region team and the All-County team. Hall said Emmanuel’s coaches weren’t sure what position he would play just yet.
There were a few things about the college that attracted Hall.
“I liked the team,” Hall said. “I liked how it’s a small campus. It’s perfect for me. I like the coaches. They’re really respectful and I’ll be good with them.”
Hall will head to Emmanuel Thursday where he will begin working toward his dream job.
“Broadcasting,” said Hall of his intended major. “I want to be a sports anchor.”
Proximity to Evans was a major factor as well. Just north of Elberton, the college is about two hours away.
“My parents and I were talking and we all decided on the school that was closest to home,” Hall said.