By Ashley Maisano
He plays the forward position and has a total of 117 points, 104 rebounds, 10 assists, 11 steals, and 8 blocks thus far this season. With 104 rebounds, he leads the team at an average of 5.5 rebounds per game; 34 total offensive rebounds and 70 total defensive rebounds. He wears number 22, as he did his whole life, and decided to keep it as tradition.
Jeren Hall, forward for the Sharks men’s basketball team, was born on Feb. 18, 1992 and raised in Selden, a small town in Long Island, New York.
He is the youngest of three children born to Jerome and Karen Hall, and his two older sisters, Sheria and Mari, moved with his parents from Brooklyn to Long Island around 1991.
Hall attended Newfield High School in Selden. He always enjoyed school and always managed to succeed with great grades.
Growing up, instead of looking up to a professional athlete like most student athletes do, Hall looked up to his parents.
“My parents have been so supportive of me no matter what decisions I’ve chosen. They have always been there for me and are my number one fans,” said Hall.
Hall especially looked up to his father, who has always been his role model since he was a child.
“I’m so proud of the man he became,” said Jerome Hall, Hall’s father. “I will always be supportive of him and his decisions.”
Hall first started playing basketball in seventh grade but didn’t actually start enjoying it fully until his freshman year of high school. He played junior varsity in ninth grade and earned his spot on varsity once he became a sophomore.
He had the honor of being captain of his team all three years on varsity and averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds. Since he was the tallest on his team at 6 feet 5 inches, he played at the center position.
When asked what his most memorable moment in basketball was, he said without hesitation that it was when his high school team made it to the playoffs.
“As a team, some players didn’t like each other so the chemistry was never there. But we made our differences work and took our problems out in the gym and played as a team,” explained Hall.
Before the game, Hall recalls that his teammate, Brandon Picsak, was dunking up and down the court, getting his team pumped. When the game began, Hall got off to a good start, but the other team was playing with more intense effort.
With nervous thoughts and tense nerves, their first playoff appearance ended with a loss to Brentwood High School in the first round. Being that this was the day before Hall’s birthday, it hurt twice as much.
Despite the loss, their team remained positive and accepted it as a great learning experience. Hall’s coach, Anthony Agostino, noticed how much effort Hall put into the game to try and help his team win, and decided to keep him in the whole game.
“I never thanked him for that,” Hall said. “I never thanked him for everything he has done for me and still does.”
Like many teenagers, Hall was unsure of what he wanted to be and what he wanted to take up in college. He did have colleges that wanted him to play basketball for them, but he didn’t feel right making his parents pay for an expensive school when he was unsure of his major.
Since he was unsure, he came to Suffolk to figure out his future. Now he is majoring in Liberal Arts and has finally decided that once he graduates, he will transfer to a new school, and get his degree in Music Business.
Not only does he enjoy basketball, he loves playing other sports as well. In high school, he also played defensive end in football and ran the 400 and did high jump in track.
Other than playing sports, he has a great passion for music and enjoys playing the piano. He would love to take that up and pursue this as his career.
“I’m proud to see him moving in the direction of his passion,” said Karen Hall, Hall’s mother.
He planned for this season of basketball to be his last, but said if any school is interested in him playing for them, he might just take it.
Aside from playing sports, he also loves watching them. He appreciates college basketball as well as NBA basketball. He doesn’t have a favorite team but enjoys watching the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, and Oklahoma City Thunder. The player he looks up to most is Derrick Rose.
“People always call me Derrick Rose and compare me to him when I play, but I’m not even close to his talent,” said Hall.
Not only does Hall love to play basketball, he believes that it has definitely taught him things that he can put to use in the real world.
“Since we work hard in games, it motivates us to work hard in school. At first we all think we’re going to be a professional player, but you realize that it’s not for just anyone,” Hall explained.
Hall takes pride in his accomplishments on and off the basketball court and when asked to leave a piece of advice for people, he stated his favorite quote by Michael Jordan: “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”