Athletics teaches many life lessons – leadership, teamwork, disappointment, sharing and accomplishment. As you see, some of the lessons can be positive and some negative.
Memphis Tigers senior forward Ferrakohn Hall is in a situation where he is taking a not so positive situation and making the best out of it.
During preseason practices, reports were consistently coming out about how impressive Hall had been. He was rewarded as a starter. He started three games this season before Josh Pastner elected to go with freshman Shaq Goodwin in the starting lineup.
Hall (6-8, 240) is a Memphis, TN native and transferred from the Seton Hall Pirates. He started 26 of 28 games for the Tigers last season. When he became eligible for the Tigers in December, he generally acted as the team’s spark plug with post defense and rebounding.
“I know the city of Memphis should be very proud to have a young man like Ferrakohn, with his attitude in (this) situation,” U of M coach Pastner said to the Commercial Appeal. “Obviously, every player wants to play 40 minutes. That’s not gonna happen. I just respect him so much for keeping a great approach for the team and a high level on attitude.”
Hall’s minutes (7.6 per game) have dipped to a career low — down from 16.7 last season — and his role, at least currently, has lessened, due to factors like the emergence of Goodwin. Although this situation may create a negative reaction from some, Hall continues to keep a team first attitude.
“I accept the role I have to play, like a big brother to some guys on the team,” Hall said to the Commercial Appeal. “I definitely don’t try to put myself above the team, because I’m always happy for my guys.”
Hall is not settling either, especially since it’s his senior season. He is using the situation as motivation and continues to work hard to stay ready.
Hall is averaging 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.