MOULTRIE -- It may be for just one season, but Colquitt County's John Michael Hall has decided to play basketball at Abraham Baldwin College next season.

And if Hall's stay turns out to be a short one, that will be fine with his new coach.

"If it's only for a year, no one except his parents will be prouder than I will," ABAC coach Todd Sheppard said Tuesday after Hall signed the appropriate papers in the Colquitt County High library.

A three-year starter and three-time All-Region 1-AAAAA player, Hall also considered Presbyterian College.

But the chance to spend a year or two working on his game close to home was appealing.

"It will be a great opportunity for me to get re-recruited," the 6-foot-5 Hall said. "It will give me a chance to work on the things I need to improve. I didn't shoot real well this year so I need to work on my shot.

"Plus I like coach Sheppard."

If Hall plays the way he is capable, he may be a Stallion for just one season.

"ABAC plays in a lot of good tournaments and gets good exposure," Hall said. "Ideally, I'd to go into a program and have three years.

"But it will depend on what kind of year I have. I'll just have to see what kind of opportunities I have."

Hall conceded that "junior college was not what I always had in mind."

"I struggled with it. And I prayed a lot. I know God has a plan in my life."

And he said he used Proverbs 16:9 as a guide. The Bible verse, according to Today's New International Version, states: "In their hearts, human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."

Hall, son of Colquitt County head basketball coach Keith Hall, played four years for the Packers and appeared in 92 games, scoring 1,249 points and averaging 13.6 points a contest. Over his three final years in which he started and was the team's leading scorer each season, Hall averged 16.4 points. Hall's best season was his junior year in which he averaged 18 points a game. His sophomore season was cut short by a knee injury, limiting him to just 20 games and a 15.1 point average.

As a senior, he averaged 16.4 points for the Packers.

Keith Hall supports his son's decision.

"I'm real impressed with coach Sheppard," Keith Hall said. "I feel like he does a good job developing his players.

"And John Michael will be in a college setting and he won't be far so we can go watch a game."

Sheppard said that he saw Hall play last summer, but doubted he would have a chance to take him to Tifton.

"John Michael was pie in the sky for me," Sheppard said. "He just represents everything that is good about athletics. Not just high school athletics. All athletics. He is the true meaning of a student/athlete. He is a talented athlete, but he is equally talented off the floor."

Sheppard said ABAC's signing of Hall "sent a big ripple through the Georgia junior college league."

"Everybody knows ABAC got a great kid and a great player," Sheppard said.

Hall is likely to play both No. 2 and No. 3 for the Stallions, who are coming off a 17-14 season.

"He's got enough athleticism to play 3," Sheppard said. "And he's got a good basketball IQ.

"Both his father and Dr. Berl (Seth Berl, Hall's AAU coach) have done a tremendous job bringing him along."

Sheppard said he hopes the addition of Hall and eight other recruits from within a 50-mile radius of Tifton will allow the Stallions to challenge for the state's junior college title.

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