Virginia Beach native Devon Hall was looking at Virginia’s roster recently and began to wonder about the Cavaliers’ point guard situation in the future. Senior Jontel Evans will re-assume his role as the starter this winter, but once he graduates, the only point guard in the pipeline is freshman Teven Jones.
That, coupled with a visit to Charlottesville last weekend for an elite camp, prompted Hall to follow through on what he and Coach Tony Bennett discussed on Saturday.
Hall not only gave an oral commitment to Virginia, he also re-classified to the 2013 recruiting class. Considered one of the top 2014 point guard recruits in the country, Hall will now play just one more year under his coach and father, Mark Hall, at Cape Henry Collegiate School and arrive on campus in time for the 2013-14 season.
“They really needed a point guard in 2013 and I felt I could go there and help them out a lot,” Devon Hall said. “It was up in the air whether U-Va. actually wanted me in 2013, but they sat me down [Saturday] and talked about it and I was all for it. I trust the coaches there and that’s big for me. I felt like I can go and make an impact there.”
Hall picked Virginia over suitors like Maryland, Georgetown, Florida and Florida State. Mark Hall said Terrapins Coach Mark Turgeon made a strong impression on him and his son, but the allure of Virginia — where Devon Hall’s older brother, Mark, will be a freshman linebacker for Coach Mike London this fall – was too much to turn down.
The elder Mark Hall indicated 2013 was actually the appropriate class for Devon, and when he originally re-classified to 2014, “it was more the maturity, him being very young.”
“But he’s been through a lot. He’s grown up,” Mark Hall said. “He’s shown that he can handle certain things, and with his brother there, he’ll have somebody there, a support system other than the coaching staff.”
“It wasn’t a split [-second] decision,” Devon Hall added. “I didn’t really have to sell my mom and dad or sit down with them about going to U-Va. or not because my brother was going there. They were all for it regardless. If it were a different school, I would have to sit down with them and [talk about] this and that. Committing to U-Va. was a no-brainer for them. It’s the best opportunity for me and my brother.”
Hall, who is 6 feet 5 and 207 pounds, averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game as a sophomore last season and earned most valuable player honors when Cape Henry Collegiate won the Virginia Independent School Athletic Association (VISAA) state championship game.
He’s also playing for Boo Williams under-17 AAU team in the Tidewater region, where he has drawn comparisons to another Boo Williams product – former O’Connell All-Met and 2012 NBA first-round draft pick Kendall Marshall.
“I like to call him the prognosticator. He kind of sees things before they happen,” Mark Hall said of his son. “He sees how the defenders are gonna come at him. He knows how the offensive guys, how they’re gonna cut, so he feeds them the ball right where they’re supposed to be.
“He averaged close to a triple-double this year in high school and that was not being selfish. Because if he wanted to take a lot of shots and other things, he definitely could’ve easily averaged 25 or 30 points. He’s a team-first guy. . . . I think Wahoo Nation is getting a guy that will direct them to the next level, back where it used to be.”