By Roy & Harv Schmidt
Ricardo Patton and his assistants at Northern Illinois continue to get it done when it comes to landing in-state talent from the class of 2008. Last night, Patton received his third commitment from this class in the form of an unheralded point guard who plays on a high school team which is sure to be ranked by virtually everyone as the preseason #1 in Illinois.
Illinois Prep Bulls-eye has learned through most reliable sources that Bryan Hall, a 6'1 point guard from Whitney Young High School in Chicago, has verbally committed to Northern Illinois University. Hall's commitment actually became official late last night.
Playing on a high school team which is absolutely loaded with D1 talent, it is easy for Hall to go unnoticed. However, Hall turned in solid performances at several prominent events during the July evaluation period, most notably the NIKE Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC. In doing so, he confirmed in our minds that he is undoubtedly a D1 prospect.
Hall has proven to us that he can definitely play the point at both the high school and college levels. He is a team player first and foremost and simply does a lot of the little things that aren't going to show up in a box score. We think that defense is his greatest attribute, although as the summer progressed Hall also showed us that he has good ball handling skills, can consistently get to the basket and most importantly possesses the leadership traits that are necessary of a D1 point guard.
Hall becomes Huskie head coach Ricardo Patton's third commitment from the class of 2008, as he will join forces with 5'11 Mike Dinunno from Von Steuben High School in Chicago and 6'6 Tyler Storm from Geneseo High School in Geneseo, IL. In fact, Hall and Dinunno could prove to be the back court of the future for Northern Illinois, because although they may be on the small side, their styles provide the perfect compliment to one another.
Once again a ton of credit must also go to Northern Illinois assistant coach Dennis Gates on helping to secure Hall's commitment. Gates is an alum of Whitney Young High School (having played on their 1998 state championship team) and as we have mentioned numerous times, has strong connections throughout Chicago and the Public League.