Malik Hall has options this offseason.
The graduate forward could opt to take his talents to the draft process, he could return to Michigan State for one final run, or he could even enter the portal and get a fresh start somewhere else. I would like to think that the last option would be worst-case scenario since I think Hall is capable of big things in East Lansing still and he hasn’t quite gotten a fair shake from the fanbase.
In fact, following the Kansas State loss in the Sweet 16, fans were way too harsh on the forward from Aurora, Ill., after he missed a critical free throw that would have tied the game and there was that controversial play in which AJ Hoggard tipped a prayer by Markquis Nowell and Hall let it go out of bounds instead of grabbing it — no one knew that it was tipped.
Hall battled a couple of injuries during his senior campaign and never really found his confidence following his return to the court.
Returning in 2023-24 could fix that. A fully healthy offseason with Tom Izzo backing him and showing he still has faith in him could do Hall wonders.
I think he could have a Joey Hauser-like redemption tour in 2023-24.