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Jermaine Hall

  • Class
  • Induction
    2019
  • Sport(s)
    Male Student-Athlete

Jermaine Hall, Wagner
Dublin, GA/Dublin
Basketball • 1999-03


When describing Jermaine Hall, longtime Wagner beat writer Cormac Gordon put it best.

“He had a real nose for the rim and an unbelievable desire. He just played harder than anyone else.”

An iconic figure from a program with a proud tradition, his name still elicits a passionate response from longtime Wagner hoops fans who recall his time in Staten Island as a golden era for the Seahawks.

Hailing from rural Dublin, GA, a small town 100+ miles west of Savannah, Hall was discovered by Dereck Whittenburg shortly after being hired to take over a program that had fallen on hard times.

It was a match made in heaven.

An undersized power forward, the 6’4” Hall became the foundational piece for Whittenburg, who surrounded the young star with complimentary players and a system designed to showcase his unique skill set.

Hall’s lefty baby hook off glass became his signature move down on the block, where he terrorized opponents both big and small with his quickness and strength. His ability to finish in transition was also perfectly suited to Whittenburg’s up-tempo style.

Hall was an immediate sensation as a freshman in 1999-00, winning NEC Rookie of the Year honors after averaging 16.6 ppg on 54.4 percent shooting.

One year later, he was named to the All-NEC first team as Wagner began its rise. Powered by Hall’s 18.8 ppg and near 60 percent field goal accuracy, the Seahawks posted their best NEC finish in seven years and won 16 games.

Wagner emerged as an NEC title contender in his junior year, finishing second in the NEC with a 15-5 mark while winning 19 overall and advancing to the Postseason NIT. Hall was nothing short of spectacular. He ranked second in the league with 21.0 ppg, pulled down 7.0 rpg and shot 60.0 percent from the field on his way to another first team All-NEC nod.

It all came together for the Green & White during Hall’s season year as Wagner claimed the NEC regular season title and earned the program’s first-ever NEC Tournament crown with a 78-61 win over St. Francis Brooklyn. Hall was named the NEC Player of the Year and the NEC Tournament MVP after dropping 27 points and securing 12 boards in the final. He once again ranked second on the circuit with 21.4 ppg on 57.5 percent shooting, and added 7.2 rpg.

Hall wrapped his star-studded career with 2,278 points, a total that still ranks him second all-time at Wagner and fourth in conference annals. He added 777 rebounds and was a career 57.7 percent shooter from the floor.

A two-time first team All-Met selection, he routinely torched big time opposition, scoring 34 vs. Penn State, 26 vs. Maryland, 24 vs. Seton Hall, 20 vs. UConn, 18 vs. Virginia and Michigan, and 17 vs. Pittsburgh.

Hall would go on to a lengthy professional career and is still active today competing in Israel. He was named Eurobasket’s All-Israeli League Most Valuable Player in 2008.

Hall was inducted into the Wagner Hall of Fame in 2018.

“Jermaine was an incredible player and the foundation of Dereck Whittenburg’s first recruiting class that went on to claim the 2003 Northeast Conference (NEC) Championship,” said Walt Hameline, Wagner Director of Athletics. “For all of his skills on the court, Jermaine was a Hall of Fame person off it. He was a leader, a hard worker and someone that was respected in our community. He is one of the greatest players this league has ever seen and he always delivered on the biggest stages.”

“Having watched the best NEC and Wagner players in history, I can tell you that Jermaine Hall is right at the top of the list,” said Tim Capstraw, former Wagner head coach and longtime NEC television analyst. “I have never seen an interior player with his height do so many positive things as a player. Always relentless in his pursuit of the basketball, his quickness along with possessing an uncanny touch around the hoop was something to marvel about. I’ve heard it said and have witnessed it firsthand that the best players have an incredible work ethic, great attitude, accept coaching and lead by example. That is exactly what Jermaine did for Wagner.”