If Kenny Hall looks like he is dizzy in July, it is because he is. The 6-foot-8 rising junior from Redan High School in Stone Mountain (Ga.) has transformed himself as a deep bench player as a sophomore to a high-major target in a matter of months.
During the high school season, Hall was a rarely used forward but always showed potential when he did play. His moment in the sun came in the spring and he closed out the period strong in May with a strong showing at the Tournament of Champions in North Carolina.
Paired against some of the top big men in the class of 2009, Hall proved himself as a legit high-major prospect and he is hoping to do even more this summer.
"I think I'm playing at a pretty high level," Hall said. "I feel like I can always push myself better against higher competition.
"Last year, I was nothing. In the last couple of months since the high school season ended, I've changed a lot. I've improved even since the beginning of the AAU season. I think its confidence. I think it's the more I work out and play, then I start to think that I can really do things. I am telling myself that people can't really stop me. It has a lot to do with confidence."
His recruitment has gone from minimal to the elite level conferences. Hall said he has offers from LSU, Kentucky, Alabama, Clemson and UCLA with high interest from DePaul and Georgia. He grew up in Los Angeles before moving to Georgia four years ago.
Hall recently returned home from Kentucky's elite camp.
"It was a good experience," Hall said of his time in Lexington. "Billy Gillispie was good to learn from and we chit-chatted a little bit. Everyone was great up there. It was real cool there."
Hall said he will play in UCLA's camp at the first of July, beginning a busy and important month of basketball.
"It's a very big month. Very big," Hall said of July. "I'm working out and trying to stay in shape and lifting weights so I can be ready for the biggest events."
Playing with the Georgia Stars 16 and under program, Hall said he is hoping to show off his rapidly improving game and learn more about the schools that are in hot pursuit. Because of his instant recruitment, Hall hopes to take his time and remain grounded in the process.
"I don't want to decide too soon. I don't want to go to a school just because it's good," Hall said. "I want to go to a place where I'm going to get better and get a good education. I want to be interested in school. I'll be looking at what players they are bringing in and what other players they have. I want to play early and just get better."