By Ashley Denny.
CLEMSON, SC- When 6-2 guard Rod Hall out of Augusta, GA started classes and workouts at Clemson this summer, he knew that the transition from high school to college would be anything but easy; however Hall found that having four other members of his freshmen signing class around going through the same transition has made the process much easier.
“It’s been very intense here the first few days,” Hall said. “You have to work very hard, but you have other freshmen there going through the same thing to help you and push you to where you need to go. They’ve helped me out a lot.”
With the numbers at guard a little down now with the transfer of sophomore guard Cory Stanton, Hall believes that if he continues to push himself and work hard he will see early playing time.
“I think I have a chance to get on the court, but I know I have to push myself harder and earn it.” Hall said.
Although Hall just enrolled at Clemson this summer, he believes that he’s already formed a tight bond with not only his freshmen class but the upperclassmen as well.
“Everyone on the team is very easy to get along with,” Hall said. “The upperclassmen help us do everything and do what they can to make the transition smooth for us.”
The toughest part of the transition so far for Hall has been the conditioning and getting himself in shape so that he can perform well at the college level.
Although Hall feels as if all of the upperclassmen and freshmen are difficult to guard during workouts, Andre Young has been the most difficult for Hall to keep contained.
“He’s just so quick and has such range with his three,” Hall said. “I know that guarding him during practice will only improve my defensive game when playing up against the nation’s best.”
So why did the two time Augusta Chronicle Boys Basketball Player of the Year choose the Tigers?
“I chose Clemson because it’s not too far from home,” Hall said. “I also love this program and see myself fitting into it well defensively and being able to play early on. A lot of kids don’t like to play defense, they only want to score on offense but I love playing defense which is one of the reasons why I think I’m a great fit for Coach Brownell’s system.”
Hall, who averaged 24.7 points per game as a senior, knows how important playing good defense is to Coach Brownell and believes that if he excels on the defensive side of the ball, he’ll have more of a chance for early playing time.