As her senior year approaches and she tries to prepare for another deep playoff run, South Webster senior Kacie Hall decided to end the speculation on her future by picking a collegiate school to call home for the next four years.
On Wednesday, Hall chose Presbyterian College over Radford University.
“I went down there and met pretty much everybody,” Hall said. “They were all very welcoming and it was a prefect fit. It’s very small, I’m not going to get lost. It reminds me of home.”
Despite playing primarily point guard during her high-school career, Blue Hose head coach Ronnie Fisher recruited Hall as a shooting guard. The switch will give Hall the freedom to shoot more threes. Although the transition should have minimal affect on Hall, Fisher has already began coaching the Jeeps’ star for what lies ahead.
“Whenever we were sitting and we were talking about me attending, (Fisher) said I would have to prepare to go up against college players, not just high-school players,” Hall said.
“It’ll be different. I’m probably not going to have the ball as much as I do here. I’m not going to be relied on as much as I am here but that’ll be good for me. I think I’ll have the potential to round out my game.”
So for Hall, the preparations have already begun.
“I still have a lot to work on,” Hall said. “I’m working on my shot everyday. I’m trying to improve my ball handling. I’m also going to be working on getting stronger. I just want to get better. I can never become satisfied. Just keep working.”
As far as her high-school team is considered, Jeeps head coach Kristie Johnson is proud of the hard work Hall has displayed during her tenure.
“Of course it’s a proud moment for the lady Jeeps but anytime something like this happens, you have to give all the credit to the player, (Hall) did the work,” Johnson said. “I was just on the sidelines helping her anyway I could. But in the end, Kacie and her family did the work. I’m just proud of her, proud of her work ethic, proud of her representing South Webster as well as she has the last few years. Now carrying that on to South Carolina.
“We are family now. The lady Jeeps and the Blue Hose are family now.”
Besides her growth on the basketball court, Johnson is more proud of the person Hall has become.
“If you ask me to describe her — hardworking, caring, kind, considerate of everybody,” Johnson said. “She’s the kind of kid you would want your own child to turn out like. Of course, her knowledge of the game is incredible. She’s an assistant coach to me on the court. But more importantly, the well-rounded young lady that she is, it’s just special. I’m proud of her for going to college for her basketball accomplishments but I’m more proud of her for the woman that she’s becoming.”
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