Hall named PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Posted: March 2, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Marquis Hall was named the 2009 Patriot League Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced on Monday. Hall is the first men’s basketball student-athlete in school history to earn this honor. A finance major, Hall maintains a 3.43 grade point average in the classroom and leads the Mountain Hawks in scoring this season at 14.1 points per game. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is voted on by the Patriot League’s men’s basketball sports information directors.
A 2009 First-Team All-Patriot League selection, Hall leads Lehigh in scoring this season at 14.1 points per game to go along with a team-leading 4.0 assists and 5.1 rebounds. The Oregon native ranks fourth in the Patriot League in scoring, third in assists and steals and fifth in made three-pointers. He has led Lehigh in scoring 13 times and in assists 19 times this season, and netted the 1,000th point of his career versus archrival Lafayette in late January.
Hall’s best game of the season came when Lehigh defeated Rutgers in November as he totaled a season-high 28 points and a career-best 15 boards in leading the Mountain Hawks over a Big East school for the first time since the inception of Patriot League play. A nominee for the 2009 Bob Cousy Award, Hall enters this week’s Patriot League Tournament with 1,141 career points, which is 17th in school history, while his 374 assists rank 13th in Patriot League history.
Off the court Hall garnered a spot on the 2009 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District First-Team and is a multi-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. A two time captain Hall serves on the committee board for Lehigh’s award-winning C.O.A.C.H. program (community outreach) and is a member of the student-athlete council.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.
Hall and the rest of the Mountain Hawks will begin postseason play on Wednesday evening when they head to West Point, New York to take on the Army Black Knights. Lehigh, the number-five seed, and Army, the fourth seeded team, get things going at 7:00 on Wednesday at Christl Arena. The contest will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio 1230 and 1320 AM as well as Lehighsports.com with pre-game coverage getting underway at 6:30.