With the late addition of Lawrencia Moten to Buffalo’s freshman class, head coach Felisha Legette-Jack and co. have turned their sights to the future. Today, the defending Mid-American Conference champions bring in a new recruit in the form of Ontario native Hanna Hall for the 2017-18 edition of the program.
Hall will come to the University at Buffalo with a good basketball background. The 5-4 guard has played extensive bench minutes for Canada’s U17 national team after joining the team in June. Although her stats with the U17 team aren’t mind blowing, she does show a lot of potential when you watch some film
When looking at more than just the box score you see a speedy and scrappy point guard that likes to play defense. All of those characteristics are something that you want in the system that Coach Jack runs because her defensive scheme relies on stamina in the perimeter. Like Buffalo’s current point guard lineup, Hall brings a strong ability to slip past defenders in the post.
Hall’s shooting isn’t the greatest and can be best described as streaky but her ball handling and awareness of what’s going on in the court is above average. It’ll be interesting to see how she develops in preparation for a future without Gabi Bade and Stephanie Reid being the field generals of Jack's offense.
Four years ago, she'd faced her personal version of a Sophie's Choice. She was a provincial-level basketball star, a sport she loved. But she was also every bit as much a star in provincial-level soccer, which she loved equally. Had she been able to do both forever, she would've been more than happy.
The trouble was, she'd reached the age when each was becoming a year-round activity. The two schedules were beginning to seriously overlap, making it impossible to continue doing double duty. So like it or not, she had to choose one.
"It was definitely hard," she says.
She went with basketball.
This game is probably Hall’s best since she started playing for the national team. She can be seen many times throughout the last three quarters playing strong, aggressive defense.