In spite of the struggles St. Joe’s has faced the past two seasons posting just a 16-34 record, Jordan Hall has become an emerging talent from Hawk Hill earning 2020-21 Atlantic-10 All-Freshman honors and averaging 12.7 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 5.8 APG in 50 career appearances.
As a 6-foot-7 guard/forward and at one time the lead ball-handler for the Hawks, Hall offers one of the most unique skillsets among mid-major prospects in this week’s 2022 NBA Draft. He’s a player who St. Joe’s head coach Billy Lange called one of the top-10 floor vision players and passers he’s ever worked with — high praise from a coach who spent seven years as an NBA assistant.
While Hall is seen as a raw talent to some scouts and draft experts, continuous improvement has been a major part of his game from an under-recruited, three-star high school product to a leader in the A-10 who can score, rebound, and assist at an effective rate. He has flown under the radar for the time being, but Hall has the potential and physical build to be a contributor at the NBA level and will prove a solid prospect for any team that takes a late shot on the unfinished product.
Height: 6 feet, 7 inches
Weight: 215 pounds
Wingspan: 6 feet, 9 inches
Passing instincts, playmaking ability
I’ve already mentioned what Lange had to say regarding Hall’s passing abilities and floor vision at the NBA level, but the New Jersey native is overall a playmaker who can run the floor as a point forward. Not only will Hall rack up the assists as he’s great at creating space for teammates, but he’s a multi-teared scorer who’s comfortable from long distance where he shot 36% last season. While elsewhere he’s shown a knack for posting up for points in the interior with his 6-foot-7 frame.
With that, Hall has the handles and passing ability to run the point and should be a matchup nightmare when attacking undersized guards. But he’ll also prove a playmaker on the defensive end where Hall averaged 1.2 steals per game as a sophomore and has shown the capability to cover almost any position from the point guard to the power forward.
Areas to improve:
Turnovers, attacking the rim
While Hall’s on-the-ball abilities stand out given his dynamic passing skill and vision, like most young ball-handlers he is prone to developing turnovers having averaged 3.5 per contest his sophomore season. However, this seems to be more a product of playing on a St. Joe’s team that needed Hall to shoulder the offensive load, particularly as the lead playmaker — which was shaky at times as Hall had a tendency to force unnecessary passes.
Another criticism surrounding Hall’s game has been how passive he can be offensively despite such a large frame. Given this size advantage, you’d like to see Hall drive and draw fouls but he only managed 1.9 free-throw attempts per game last season. He certainly has the size and build to be an issue for teams defensively when driving, but needs to be more aggressive in doing so.
Projected draft range: Late second round
As just a 20-years-old prospect, Hall is raw but already has identifiable talent on both ends of the floor. As raw and young as Hall is, you don’t often see a player with an NBA build and significant potential falling to where he’s projected, but that’s become a product of this rawness. Ultimately, I can absolutely see an NBA team taking a flier on Hall in the second round purely based on size and potential. He can fill in almost anywhere on the court and provides a really unique skillset within the league that certain NBA coaches and executives have come to value in the point forward position.