PITTSBURGH — Less than a week after suffering a concussion, Alabama star forward Donta Hall will play in Alabama’s NCAA Tournament matchup against Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
Hall hit his head on a scary fall in the second half against Auburn in an SEC Tournament game last Friday in St. Louis. He suffered a concussion and missed the Crimson Tide’s semifinal loss to Kentucky on Saturday.
On Wednesday, Alabama coach Avery Johnson said Hall was “60-40” and added that he was “more worried about the 40.”
Around 5:30 ET on Wednesday, Alabama held an open practice/shootaround in PPG Paints Arena. Hall was a full participant at the open workout. The 6-foot-9 junior moved well, dunked the ball, shot 3s, joked with teammates and even did some light five-on-five work.
Alabama is a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will match up against No. 8 Virginia Tech in the first round. The Crimson Tide and Hokies will meet at 9:20 p.m. ET Thursday in Pittsburgh in the East Region. The game will be televised by TNT.
An SEC All-Defensive Team selection, Hall leads Alabama in field-goal percentage (.721), blocks per game (2.1), rebounds per game (6.8) and dunks (69).
“He’s a big part, a big key for us,” Alabama guard Dazon Ingram said. “His energy is incredible. Once he gets going, it’s hard to stop him.”
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