By BRIAN CUNNIFF
Could Jordan Hall be playing in an NBA game before the close of the year?
It seems to be a real possibility for the Cape May County native, who is drawing significant interest from NBA teams.
Hall, who recently announced he is considering making himself eligible for this summer’s NBA Draft, worked out for the San Antonio Spurs last week and was scheduled to complete workouts for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics by the close of this week, according to published reports.
From there, the versatile 6-foot-8 guard is set to attend the 2021 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team three-day training camp scheduled to begin Sunday at Texas Christian University. Hall is one of 27 athletes invited to participated in the camp; 12 will be selected to represent the USA at the 2021 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men in Latvia in early July.
Hall has quickly risen up the list of draft-eligible NBA prospects after a sensational freshman season at St. Joseph’s University, where he averaged 10.6 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists while shooting 35 percent from three-point range. His assist average was tops in the nation among Division I freshmen.
This week, Hall was listed as the 39th-best prospect eligible for the NBA Draft by USA Today. If those rankings held to form, Hall could be selected in the early to middle portions of the second round if he chooses to remain in draft consideration.
Either way, Hall will not be returning to St. Joseph’s next winter. After entering the NCAA transfer portal in late April, he announced in early May that he was transferring to Texas A&M.
Hall has until July 7 to withdraw his name from the NBA draft pool in order to maintain eligibility to play at Texas A&M next season. This year’s NBA Draft is scheduled for July 29.
Hall is a native of North Wildwood who played grammar school basketball at Margaret Mace Elementary School. He then played high school basketball as a freshman at Middle Township before transferring to play at Cardinal O’Hara of the Philadelphia Catholic League. After one season at O’Hara, Hall transferred to Neumann-Goretti for his final two high school seasons. He was named a Class 3A first team all-state selection as a senior after helping the Saints win the coveted Catholic League title in 2020. Neumann-Goretti had also advanced to the state Class 3A quarterfinal round before the season was shut down due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Photos from St. Joseph’s University athletics website.)