Jaylon Hall | Photo by Soham Parikh | The Wright State Guardian
After starting in 28 of the 31 regular-season games last season, Jaylon Hall is going into his redshirt junior season and looking to bounce back from a disappointing end to last year.
Wright State University (WSU) was eliminated by UIC in the semifinals of the Horizon League Tournament, after winning the regular-season championship and being the number 1 seed in the tournament.
“With how things ended last year, I am excited to be able to get back on the floor and play,” said Hall.
Because all team facilities and gyms were closed for months, this offseason was unique for Hall and his team.
“It has been a wild offseason. I was excited to get back to campus and back with the team in July. It was long and I am happy that we get a chance to play again,” said Hall.
Once Hall was able to train again, he looked to continue improving as a player.
“Once I was able to get back into the gym, I worked on becoming a better finisher and playing with more pace,” said Hall.
The Raiders opened their season at home against Marshall on Dec. 3 and suffered an 80-64 loss.
The Raiders were selected as the favorite to win the Horizon League in the preseason poll for the third consecutive season. This comes with a fair amount of pressure but this is nothing new to this team.
“We feel good about our team. We were picked to win the league so we know we will get everyone’s best shot,” said Hall.
After averaging 7.8 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game and 1.1 steals per game, Hall has big expectations for himself this season.
“I would like to be the defensive player of the year in the league,” said Hall.