Devon Hall at the 2012 Nike EYBL in Hampton
Cape Henry Collegiate (Virginia Beach, VA) held its boys varsity basketball banquet on Wednesday, celebrating a 29-4 season that included Tidewater Conference of Independent Schools regular season and postseason tournament championships. The Dolphins expect to field a quality team once again next season, but they will be without 6’5″, 205-pound point guard Devon Hall , who will be a freshman at the University of Virginia.
Wednesday’s banquet was understandably emotional for Cape Henry head coach Mark Hall Sr., who is Devon’s father.
“Devon was MVP for our team, the (TCIS) tournament, the conference… it was just great,” Coach Hall said. “It was really emotional for me to be able to say some closing comments as a father.”
Mark coached Devon for the last two years at Cape Henry. In 2011/2012, the Dolphins went undefeated, capturing a state championship in the process.
“Last year, it was a little up and down, a little topsy turvy, but mom kept that neutral. She made sure we didn’t talk basketball stuff when we were at home,” Coach Hall said when asked about the challenge of being a father and coach at the same time. “This year, it was much easier. Devon knew the expectations. He knew what buttons to push and what buttons not to push. You can’t ask for a better floor general.”
From a coaching perspective, Coach Hall discussed the main strengths Devon possesses.
“His work ethic, his leadership, his passion and commitment and dedication to the game is bar none,” Coach Hall said. “Some of his traits began to rub off on other kids that are coming up in our program.”
Coach Hall was proud of his team’s accomplishments this season despite a heartbreaking 1-point loss to Bishop O’Connell in the VIS Division 1 state semifinals. Down 10 in the fourth, the Dolphins rallied to tie the...
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