Clemson basketball top scorer is back on court

PJ Hall went for a walk in the mountains.

That’s your good-news summer update on the injured foot of Clemson basketball’s top player. He’s out of his protective boot, maybe even traded that in for a pair of hiking boots, and he’s back on the court. Hall, a junior from Spartanburg and Dorman High, will be able to play when the Tigers take their trip to France in August.

It’s almost difficult to imagine how good Hall could be with two good feet. Playing with a fracture that went undiscovered until the end of the season, Hall ranked 11th in the ACC in scoring (15.5 points) and ninth in blocked shots (38) with 5.8 rebounds per game, 48 assists and 16 steals. A healthy Hall could be ACC player of the year as the Tigers look to improve on their 17-16 record, 8-12 in league play.

Virginia Tech's Justyn Mutts (25) and Clemson's PJ Hall (24) battle for a loose ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game during the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, in New York.  (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

He was in pain from the first few games of last season. By December, he couldn’t practice, although nobody was sure exactly what was going on. Clemson coach Brad Brownell kept calling it a “hot spot.” Hall sat out three of the regular season’s last four games.

Finally, a fracture was found in the fourth metatarsal, one of the long bones, in his left foot. With surgery scheduled for the end of March, there was one thing to do beforehand.

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