Super 6er Hall takes talents to Panhandle

Photo by Mike Phillips

Photo by Mike Phillips

DAWSON -- Stephanie Hall can sleep now, sound, sweet sleep that comes with the kind of peace of mind only a mother can know.

"I will be sleeping,'' said Hall, who was on hand Wednesday afternoon at Terrell County High to watch her son Terel Hall sign a letter-of-intent, accepting a basketball scholarship to Chipola College.

Is there a better point guard in Southwest Georgia?

He is the only one to lead his team to back-to-back Final Fours, and he finished his senior year by helping Terrell County reach its first state title game since 1984.

"We will miss him,'' said Terrell County coach John Davis, who has talked endlessly about what Hall has meant to his program, often saying that the 5-foot-11 point guard was like having a coach on the court and marveling at how Hall could run the floor and the team -- mature beyond his years.

"It feels good to sign and get everything over with,'' Hall said. "Now my mama can sleep at nights. She has been worrying about where I was going to go to school.''

Davis isn't sure how, or if, he'll ever replace Hall.

"Terel Hall is such a special athlete,'' Davis said Wednesday. "He brought tremendous effort and energy and ability to the Greenwave program. He has had a great (career) here. He started as a freshman and did so much for our program.''

Hall did it all. He led the Greenwave in scoring with an 18.5 points-per-game average, and handed out 10 assists a game while making four steals for a team that lived on its fast-paced aggressive defense. And even though he was running the court, Hall still averaged seven rebounds a game.

"He's a guy who makes everyone around him better, and he gets other players easy shots,'' said Chipola coach Jake Headrick, who runs one of the top junior college programs in the nation. The last six point guards at Chipola went on to play in Division I, signing with Oklahoma, Oregon, Alabama-Birmingham, Missouri, Iowa State and Ohio State.

Hall wants to follow the trend at Chipola.

"I plan on playing Division I when I leave there,'' Hall said. "One of the things I liked about (Chipola) was they send their players on to major Division I schools, and I want to play at a major Division I school.''

Chiploa can't wait to see him arrive.

"I'm excited Terel is signing with us,'' Headrick said. "The point guard is the hardest position to fill and the hardest one to replace. It's been an important position at our program. He has the ability, and he has all the intangibles.

"He is a winner. That's the thing. That's priceless. He knows how to win. He has everything about him that you can't coach, every intangible. It's a natural thing.''