Posts Tagged ‘Ray Hall’

So there had been some back and forth on whether or not big man Ray Hall would return for a post-grad year and use up his last year of eligibility.  Good news for all the Ray Hall fans out there (which we are)… the big man is coming back!  Or at least Coach Keno is expecting the big guy to come back.  We here at PFB are happy.  The team we have now, although improving, is still very young.  Having an experienced guy like Ray Hall, who has a reputation of being a great teammate is really important.  Plus, ever since Ray has come back from his injury he went up a notch in our book.  The man has guts and heart and that is the type of the player you want on your team.

Ray returning means added depth in the front court.  It also relieves some of the pressure to not red shirt one of the new guys.  Giplaye or Kofane look like early candidates and Ray being in the line up allows Keno to red shirt one of them much more comfortably if he so chooses.  Ray could also be a valuable assest on the court if he is able to continue his har work in improving over the summer, and if he can stay healthy.  The man is a giant, and he can give meaningful minutes next year.  And to a much lesser extent, Ray is a fan favorite.  Everybody loves when the big guy checks into the game, and the crowd loves when he contributes.  He gives the crowd a lift and that cannot be underestimated.  But we are most happy that we have an experienced veteran and a leader on this young team.

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Update: Ray Hall

Posted: December 22, 2009 in Player Updates
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Ryan, over at the State of Friars Basketball was at the game last night at reported that he saw Ray Hall warming up with the team.  A look at ProJo.com confirms.  As seen to the right there is a picture of the big guy in full uniform on the bench.  Also Kevin McNamara at ProJo.com wrote this:

For the first time this season, senior center Ray Hall was dressed and ready for action. He did not play against Yale but the Friars would clearly like to get him in good enough shape to have him ready.

We thought that last year Ray’s career was over with his knee injuries.  He had weight bearing issues and an article last year ruled him out.  Apparently the big guy had been rehabing over the summer.  He’s regained some strength in the knee, can run on it, and hopes to play sometime this season.  As McNamara pointed out in his article, Hall’s best game of his career came at South Bend where he was matched up against Luke Harangody.  He couldn’t hit any of his free throws to seal a win, but he did perform well against the All-American and did a solid job on him defensively.  Is it possible that Ray might be used once again against Harangody?  We are lacking size, and maybe this would help with Bilal’s fouling.  But lets not get too far ahead of ourselves here… he was just warming up.  It would be nice to have someone who is 6’11” coming off the bench, but Ray also hasn’t played for a year and a half.  Either way we will follow this closely and it was just nice to see Ray in a uniform again.  We are sure it has been a long and difficult road to recovery for him.