By BRIAN CUNNIFF
Jordan Hall is taking his basketball talents southwest.
Hall, a native of Cape May County, announced Tuesday afternoon that he is transferring to Texas A&M after a fine rookie season at St. Joseph’s that saw him earn Atlantic 10 Conference all-rookie honors.
Hall had announced his intention to leave St. Joseph’s and enter the NCAA transfer portal last week. After receiving interest from numerous schools, he has settled on the Aggies and head coach Buzz Williams.
“Thank you to all of the programs that recruited me and thank you to coach (Billy) Lange & staff at SJU for helping me grow both on and off the court,” Hall said via social media. “I am excited to announce that I am committed to Coach Buzz Williams and Texas A&M University.”
Hall enjoyed a dynamite freshman season at Joseph’s. The 6-8 guard averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. He ranked first in the nation among freshmen in assists and recorded 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for just the fourth triple-double in program history in an overtime win over LaSalle in late February.
St. Joseph’s finished 5-15 in 2020-21.
Hall, who played grammar school basketball at Margaret Mace Elementary in North Wildwood and his freshman high school season at Middle Township before moving to the prestigious Philadelphia Catholic League, left St. Joseph’s due to personal reasons and not because of any issues with the Hawk program, according to a story in The Athletic.
“I mean, it’s nothing bad,” Hall told The Athletic. “I didn’t decide to leave on a bad note or anything like that. I had a good season. I just have a lot of family stuff going on. I moved to Philadelphia my sophomore year of high school. My family is out here, and I just want to get away from it.”
According to The Athletic, Hall did not elaborate on his comments.
Hall is joining a Texas A&M program that lost nine members of its 2020-21 team to either graduation or transfer. The Aggies went 8-10 last season (2-8 SEC), having had eight games canceled due to issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are excited and fortunate to add Jordan to the program,” Williams said in a statement. “After building a relationship with Jordan, we understand how influential he is as a leader and a player. Jordan has many skill sets as a player that will add to the trajectory of our team on the court. His character will positively impact our program on multiple levels and we are thankful to have him as a future leader.”