The class of 2009 power forwards are dropping like flies these days. Georgia big man Kenny Hall is the latest to take himself off the board.
The 6-foot-8 power forward from Redan (Ga.) High School took an unofficial visit to Tennessee over the weekend and decided he couldn't leave without giving a verbal commitment to the SEC school.
Norman Parker, Hall's coach with the Georgia Stars, tripped to Knoxville with Hall and said he saw the wheels in motion with the four-star prospect while on the visit.
"He was all smiles," Paker said. "I pretty much knew when I was watching him [up there]. They hooked him up with Cam [Tatum, a former Georgia Star] and he showed him the ropes. Cam told him that he would take care of him if he went there."
Hall visited Duke unofficially last week and when the Blue Devils landed Mason Plumlee earlier in the week, things changed again.
"He was excited about it. They had recruited him probably longer than anybody else and he was leaning that way for a while. But I think he started wavering when he went to Duke. Again, with Duke when they got that verbal from that big guy, it changed again.
"Hey, Bruce Pearl did a good job with Kenny. He told Kenny that they have a scholarship and that they wanted him to take it. If he didn't want it than it was going to someone else. Kenny said 'I don't want anyone else to take it.'"
Hall makes perfect sense for Tennessee's program. He's a long, athletic, active and versatile four man. Despite his high national ranking, Hall is still a bit of an under-appreciated player nationally. He has the tools that the McDonald's All-American level players have.
"His size, athleticism, ability to press and run the floor really suits him well for them," Parker said. "They really sold him on that."
Hall will anchor the middle for a talented Georgia Stars AAU program next month.