Memphis Tigers forward Ferrakohn Hall had set the tone in the first real practice of the season Saturday at the Finch Center. He had been flying up and down the court in drills and attacking the rim every chance he got.
Unfortunately after an attempt to slam over a crowd underneath the basket, Hall got tangled up at the rim with senior center Stan Simpson, then crashed to the floor and landed on his hip. Fortunately, it’s only a bruised hipbone and he is only expected to miss the next four to five days of practice.
Hall had been very impressive during the practice. “I thought it was a high-level first day of practice,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “Guys were attacking. I thought Ferrakohn and Stan played way above the rim. Everyone attacked the rim, which I loved, and the guys shot the ball well, too.”
Hall, who started 23 of the Tigers’ final 24 games last season at power forward, is competing to keep the starting position along with freshman forward and McDonald’s All-American Shaq Goodwin.
Hall transferred to Memphis from Seton Hall Pirates following the 2010 fall semester. Last season, he averaged 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in almost 17 minutes per game.
Several players were experiencing injuries during the second day of practice on Sunday. Senior forward D.J. Stephens (hamstring) didn’t practice. Sophomore forward Hippolyte Tsafack (knee) practiced briefly, but was sidelined. Junior guard Joe Jackson (knee tendinitis) and junior forward Tarik Black (banged knee) were also pulled from practice due to minor injuries.
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