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St. Catharines, ON - The Niagara River Lions are happy to announce the newest addition to this year’s roster, Carl Hall. The signing gives the River Lions a physical big man who is great on the offensive glass.
The 6’8” power forward averaged 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds in his senior year with Wichita State where Hall and his teammates made an unlikely trip to the Final Four. In 2013 he was the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the year and was also named to the NCAA Tournament’s West Region All-Tournament Team. He has since spent time playing in Japan and France.
Hall’s basketball career is something that once seemed impossible. In 2007 he was diagnosed neurocardiogenic syncope, a heart condition that causes loss of consciousness due to lack of blood flow to the brain. Hall was forced to leave the game just as his college career was starting. In 2009, he received news that his medication had stabilized his heart and he was able to return to basketball. Just 4 years later, Hall was a starter on the biggest stage in college basketball in the Final Four. Hall’s remarkable comeback story was covered by several major news outlets including CNN, CBS and the LA Times. His story serves as an inspiration to kids everywhere sidelined by medical conditions.
Team President and General Manager, Jeff Sotiriou, spoke about Hall’s tenacity when addressing the signing, “When you look at all he has had to deal with in his career it’s obvious that he is willing and able to overcome all kinds of adversity” Sotiriou added “We’re excited to have him and we can’t wait to see what he brings to our team”.
Hall joins a River Lions squad looking to turn things around in the second half of the season. He joins former teammates Nick Wiggins and Chadrack Lufille who play for Orangeville and Cape Breton, respectively, in the NBL Canada.
Carl will make his River Lions debut on February 19th when the team travels to Windsor to take on the Express.