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Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 06/18/2012

Herndon boys’ basketball has high hopes with emergence of Ferguson, return of Hall

Herndon point guard Will Ferguson has an important senior season ahead of him after a tumultuous junior year.

The 6-foot-2 standout transferred this past January from O’Connell and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference to his local public school and averaged 19.7 points for the Hornets in 11 games.

Herndon, though, failed to live up to the expectations that built up behind its talented roster, falling in regionals to Edison. With Coach Chris Whelan resigning and former coach Gary Hall stepping back into the top role, Ferguson will be expected to lead a Hornets team many believe are the Northern Region favorites.

“I think maybe he took a little hit last year and he didn’t fall off the radar, but I think people really want to see how he plays his senior year and more importantly, as a point guard, can he lead his team to victories,” Hall said. “It’s going to be important for Will to demonstrate leadership.”

Ferguson said he has offers from George Mason, U-Mass., Rutgers, Seton Hall, U-Va. and has drawn interest from Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

This summer, in addition to playing for Team Takeover, Ferguson has been working out with Herndon alum Scottie Reynolds twice a week.

“It’s helped a lot,” Ferguson said. “He’s been through it, he knows what he’s talking about.”

Hall was an assistant on Whelan’s staff this season and was hired as head coach recently. He coached Herndon to a 319-136 record, six district titles and a Northern Region crown in 18 years at the school before stepping away in 2006-07.

Hall also coached Middleburg Academy for one year in 2010-11.

Hall said his year as an assistant under Whelan reinforced his desire to coach again. He was sending out resumes for openings when Whelan took him out to dinner and informed Hall that he was resigning because of an increasingly demanding schedule outside of Herndon.

Hall takes over a team that, beyond Ferguson, also features Dorian Johnson, a rising junior guard that has put on 20 pounds of muscle this summer, and rising junior Deandre Thomas.

Johnson is a player Hall believes will blow up on the recruiting circuit over the next two seasons.

“For me, Herndon is my school, it’s my community and it’s my home,” said Hall, who still teaches at Herndon. “Some people coach their whole lives and never are fortunate enough to have a dream job. How blessed am I and how lucky I am to have my dream job twice, to be able to start my career and end my career at my dream job.”

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