2014 NBA Draft Profile: Mercer Guard Langston Hall

Streeter Lecka

Mercer point guard Langston Hall was thrust into the NBA discussion when the Bears upended No. 2 seed Duke in the NCAA Tournament.

Langston Hall started the year largely unnoticed but after Hall and the Bears defeated Duke in the NCAA Tournament, the 6-foot-4 point guard has gained national recognition.

The 2014 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, Hall has a lot to prove after coming onto the scene late, but if his historic career in Macon, Ga. is any indication, he'll have no problem making a name for himself at NBA workouts.

BIO BLAST

School: Mercer (Macon, Ga. | Atlantic Sun)

Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.

Position: PG

Weight: 180

Accolades: 2014 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year, 2014 All American Honorable Mention, Lou Henson Mid-Major Player of the Year, 2014 NABC College All-Star, 2x Atlantic Sun First-Team, Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team, All-Time Atlantic Sun leader in assists, All-Time leader at Mercer in steals and 3-pointers made.

Hall was the guy from the moment he stepped on Mercer's campus. After putting up respectable numbers his freshman season, the Bears point guard only grew from there. During his junior season, Hall really exploded onto the scene. He averaged an efficient 11.3 ppg and recorded a season high 23 points against Jacksonville. In a foreshadowing moment, Mercer upended Tennessee in the NIT as Hall scored 16 points and dished seven assists.

In the 2013-14 season, Hall and his senior teammates were hungry for revenge. After falling to FGCU in the A-Sun title and watching Dunk City become the story in March the previous year, the Bears wanted to go out big. Hall put up his best numbers as he led Mercer to upset victories over Seton Hall and Ole Miss. The latter came courtesy of his game winner with less than a second left. After capturing an NCAA bid, the Bears promptly defeated No. 2 seed Duke.

STATS

Senior Season Averages

32.1 minutes: 14.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, 5.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 2.4 turnovers, 40.0% FG, 39.1% 3-PT, 85.0% FT

Hall saw his shooting efficiency drop after an immaculate junior campaign. For the most part, that was due to an increased shot volume. After a busy off-season, however, the point guard saw his three point prowess increase dramatically. No doubt that this is an eye opener for NBA scouts who see constant improvement in his long range shooting.

At the same time Hall maintained his usual unselfish nature. During his senior year, he averaged a career best 5.7 assists a game while holding an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.27. This consistency helped Hall climb to the top of both Atlantic Sun and Mercer assist charts.

With his size and length, the Bears star proved to be one of the top defensive guards in the Atlantic Sun. His size won't be too much of an advantage at the next level and to continue this in the NBA, Hall will have to increase his lateral quickness.

BEYOND THE NUMBERS

Strengths

Hall can flat out dish the rock. As Mercer leaves the Atlantic Sun as champions, Hall left the conference as the leader in assists. Despite that, categorizing him as a pass only floor general would be underestimating the Bears point guard. When his teammates struggled, Hall took things into his own hands. He possesses a nice pull up jumper and worked on extending that beyond the three point line.

Weaknesses

Without pressure to do so in Macon, Hall isn't a great finisher at the rim. His athleticism doesn't jump off the charts and that doesn't help either. With work however, he can become more aggressive and work on being a multifaceted attacker.

CURRENT PROSPECT RANKINGS

Chad Ford (ESPN): 92

Draft Express: NR

POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS

In all likelihood, Hall won't hear his name called on draft day. The draft class is deep and he crashed the party late. That being said, Hall will get his NBA shot. The former Mercer point guard has already worked out with Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Charlotte Hornets, and Atlanta Hawks. He will likely receive an NBA Summer League Invite, and have the opportunity to showcase himself there.

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