Funny how quickly things can change. Just ask Kenny Hall. A year ago, the 6-foot-8, 215-pound power forward from Redan High School in metro Atlanta didn't factor much into his team's upcoming season.
A year later, he's the No. 28 ranked player in the class of 2009, a starter and a guy that a number of elite level programs want to get in the mix for. Now his focus is on winning the hardware with his high school team.
"That's all I thought about this summer was this season. That's all that I think about. I've been in the gym everyday," Hall said. "I want to go to state. It was embarrassing not going to the playoffs last year. We got to get to the Final Four."
With Hall on board, there is a good chance Redan will be playing deep into the season. Hall improved each time out this spring and summer with the Georgia Stars program. He said he has noticed the change in his game and with his recruitment.
"I got a lot of exposure. That was real cool. I have a lot of coaches looking at me now, calling, sending letters, coming to see me. It's great," Hall said. "Balling wise, I just got a lot better. I felt like I helped my game in the areas that I need to help it the most."
A number of SEC programs have moved quickly on the four-star forward.
"UGA. They are recruiting me the hardest. And LSU. They call me the most and get the most letters from them," Hall said. "Wake Forest has really started to show a lot of interest, too."
Hall has been to Georgia in back-to-back weekends for unofficial visits. He was "blown away" with the community support of the school.
"Man, you go out to UGA and you see all of the tailgating going on, you'd think there was an all-star game or something. There are people everywhere out there."
Hall said he has plans to get out to Florida, Tennessee and Alabama this fall as well.
UCLA, Kentucky and Auburn are also very involved, he said.
"Oh, I'm going to take my time," Hall said. "No question."