Former University of Kentucky men’s basketball player “Big” Dan Hall passed away Wednesday.
One of the nation’s most sought-after high school basketball players during his senior season at Betsy Layne High School, Hall signed with the University of Kentucky. Hall was a member of Kentucky’s 1975 Final Four team. Prior to transferring to Marshall, Hall played for the Wildcats in 26 games over two seasons.
Hall represented Floyd County extremely well during his stint at the University of Kentucky. He lettered two seasons and his name still comes up in conversations regarding UK bigmen. When he arrived at the University of Kentucky, Hall was one of three players 6-10. He was a part of an historic recruiting class that included Rick Robey, Jack Givens, Mike Phillips and James Lee.
When freshmen had just gained eligibility to play on the varsity level, Kentucky’s 1974 class immediately excelled. Kentucky was 13-13 the year before Hall and his four teammates arrived. Robey and Givens averaged double figures in scoring for a senior-dominated team during the 1974-1975 season. Phillips, Lee and Hall were big contributors as well. Kentucky knocked off undefeated Indiana in the Elite Eight before falling to UCLA in the championship game. No UK class has had a better four-year run than the 1974 class. The ‘74 class made it to the championship game in 1975, won the NIT in 1976, reached the elite eight in 1977 and won the national title in 1978. Robey was the third overall pick in the NBA draft while Givens was drafted 16th.
Fresh out of high school, Hall played in 17 games during his freshman season, including the national championship game versus UCLA. He played for Coach Joe B. Hall, successor to legendary Wildcat mentor Adolph Rupp.
Following his transfer, Hall excelled at Marshall University, averaging 14 points per game. Also thriving in the classroom, he made the Dean’s List with a 3.8 GPA his senior year.
Funeral arrangements for Hall were unavailable at press time.