By PAUL HINES firstname.lastname@example.org
---- — WALTONVILLE — Jordan Hale cracked the 1,000-point mark during his basketball career at Waltonville.
That sports career will continue at the college level. Hale recently committed to Illinois College where he will play for the mens basketball team.
“I know from being around him and talking with him that basketball was something he was wanting to continue,” Waltonville coach Brian Gamber said. “I think Illinois College is a great place for him.”
Hale helped Waltonville to a 19-8 overall record this season. The Spartans rejoined the Midland Trail Conference and finished with an 8-2 record in conference play and tied for second.
The Waltonville senior finished his career with 1,182 points. He averaged 19 points and nine rebounds this season. Hale brings size at 6-6 mixed with long-range shooting capabilities.
“I know that they’re going to work with him, and he’s going to put in the time because he does love playing so much,” Gamber said. “I’m excited for him.”
Gamber said he expected the college to use him on the wing where he could utilize his natural abilities.
“I think in today’s game you want to have some length, some size, some athleticism and you have to be able to stretch the floor in today’s game,” Gamber said. “When you’re 6-6 and you can shoot from the perimeter that’s a huge bonus.”
At the high school level and playing mostly 1A competition, Hale was one of the taller players on the court. The scenario will change at the collegiate level, but Gamber added Hale’s athleticism will help him.
“He’s so long, and he’s got pretty good feet,” Gamber said. “He should be able to guard (guards and forwards), and if you get desperate he should be able to stick him down there in the post.”
While at Waltonville, Hale earned 12 varsity letters in basketball, baseball and golf. Hale was also an honor roll student, according to a press release from the college.
The institution is located in Jacksonville.