Friends Jimmy King, Eric Davidson and Tate Hall when they were at UIndy. Tate is now a Loyola (Chicago) Rambler. King and Davidson were in the crowd Sunday to witness Hall’s victory.
– Tate Hall, 6-6 guard, Loyola Chicago Ramblers
By Kelly Sawyers, Publisher and Bob White
When Greenfield-Central High School grad and former University of Indianapolis basketball standout Tate Hall decided to transfer to Loyola University in Chicago after his sophomore year, it was to follow his dream of playing NCAA Division 1 basketball.
In March 2018, Rob Hall got a phone call from his son, “Dad, do you have a minute? I’ve been thinking about this for a few weeks and want to transfer. I want the chance to play in March Madness.”
After the initial shock and waiting until his wife, Noelle (Young) Hall, finished teaching that day, they face-timed son Tate to figure out the next step.
Noelle, a Rushville High School grad, was a 1984 Indiana All Star and played for Indiana University 1984-1988, so she understood her son’s athletic dream.
As a sophomore at UIndy, Tate was named Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) first team All Conference. He started 24 of 28 games, averaged 32.0 minutes per game, and ranked 44th in NCAA Division II with a 56.0 field-goal percentage. He led the Greyhounds with 14.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.
His former UIndy teammates and close friends, Jimmy King and Eric Davidson, have been his biggest supporters and they got to witness Loyola’s dominant win over Big 10 champion and No. 1 seed Illinois, 71-58, Sunday in one of several big upsets in the NCAA tournament, all played in Indiana for the first time.
Tate made sure two of his tickets were reserved for his buddies.
“It’s humbling for Tate to have such great friends like Jimmy and Eric,” Rob Hall said. “They’ve hung with us, ate with us and we’re friends with their families. Just great people.”... just great friends.”
He continued, “Tate is on cloud nine, but it’s not over yet. They (Loyola) have a great team. Their victory yesterday (Sunday) was a tribute to their defense. After the win, Tate looked up and pointed at his friends in the stands.”
In Tate’s first year with the Ramblers, he quickly asserted himself in the Missouri Valley Conference, earning third team All-MVC honors and being named to the All-MVC newcomer team, averaging 12.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals.
Still beaming Monday in an exclusive interview with The Southsider Voice, Tate said, “My first game in March Madness was just living the dream in Hinkle Fieldhouse. You just can’t make this stuff up.”
The 6-6 senior guard played 19 minutes, scored three points and had five rebounds and four assists as the Ramblers stunned Illinois
He said “I definitely have some superstition in my blood. I’ll have the same people at my upcoming game. They’re my lucky charms.”
The Ramblers face No. 12 seed Oregon State at 2:40 p.m. Saturday.
Former UIndy teammate King stated, “I’m privileged to be his friend. Seeing him play at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse was magical. I’m not surprised with his success, because he is a hard worker and wasn’t content being all-conference Division II.”
And you can be sure that Loyola, Tate Hall and the Ramblers’ famous 101-year-old cheerleader/Sister Jean won’t be content with just reaching the Sweet 16.