Devon Hall has grown spiritually, athletically at U. The first Saturday in March was foot locker va Devon Hall. Virginia senior Devon Hall says Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett has had a “huge impact” on his life. His spiritual and athletic sides long connected, and a primary reason he chose U.
Hall could not have scripted more appropriate or rewarding experiences for the day of his final home game. The same can be said of Hall’s season, indeed his five-year career. Jason Williford, a staple of Tony Bennett’s Virginia staff. I’ve been here nine years with Tony, been coaching 18. Have had some kids that worked really hard.
Malcolm and him are the two hardest workers I’ve ever seen. Malcolm Brogdon was a first-team All-American in 2016 and the ACC Player of the Year. 15 jersey hangs in the rafters of John Paul Jones Arena. A fifth-year senior, Hall is not that caliber. But this season he emerged as the most reliable player on the nation’s top-ranked team.
He is a clutch shooter, inside and out, a lockdown perimeter defender, an outstanding passer and a revered voice in the locker room. Coaches and media voted Hall second-team All-ACC and to the league’s five-man defensive team, quite the leap for a 6-foot-5 guard who began the season with a career scoring average of 5. But Hall’s modest stats belied his value. He entered the starting lineup halfway through his sophomore season, became a defensive stalwart and hasn’t relinquished the position. When you work like that every single day, it kind of becomes second nature, and confidence kicks in.
But what most gratifies Hall is the team. ACC regular season outright, is No. 1 in the national polls and will likely be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament bracket revealed Sunday evening.
I have the utmost confidence in everybody on this team because we play so well together and how united we are. When we’re playing at a high level, we’re a tough team to beat. A 2013 graduate of Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach, Hall played for his father, Mark, in high school. Throughout his childhood, he competed against his older brother, also named Mark, in football and basketball. Eleven months older and considerably stronger, Mark tortured his little brother before developing into a scholarship linebacker at U. The two played in their maternal grandfather’s backyard, with a spotlight if necessary, for hours on end and with plenty of cross words.