Tyrone Hall Receives ECC John Smillie, Jr. Award at Conference's Awards Dinner

Tyrone Hall Receives ECC John Smillie, Jr. Award at Conference's Awards Dinner

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jun. 6, 2018) – Recent graduate Tyrone Hall of the Queens College men's basketball team was named one of three recipients of the East Coast Conference's John Smillie, Jr. Award on Monday (Jun. 4) at the league's end-of-year awards dinner in Bridgeport, Conn.
The award is given in honor of NYIT Athletic Trainer, John Smillie, Jr. who passed away two years after battling cancer and is presented annually to a student-athlete or student-athletes who have overcome personal or physical challenges and hardships to pursue their intercollegiate athlete careers.
Hall, an All-ECC Third Team athlete in the 2017-18 campaign, was deemed the recipient of the honor following an assortment of courageous battles with health issues that failed in keeping him off of the hardwood for the Knights. The following was read by East Coast Conference Commissioner Dr. Robert Dranoff on Monday at the awards dinner when recognizing Hall's achievements.
"In the summer of 2015 while preparing for the upcoming season at Queens College, he [Tyrone] was playing in a summer basketball game in the renowned West 4th summer basketball league. During a game, Hall suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. Against all odds he regained consciousness from this episode and was rushed to the hospital.
After seeing numerous specialists he was diagnosed with an anomalous right coronary artery and would need immediate surgery in order to have a chance to live. This condition if the second most frequent cause of sudden cardiac death in youth athletes.  From here Hall needed open heart surgery to correct the condition that could take his life without any warning. Though his surgery was successful this was only the beginning of his recovery.
Hall would spend the next year recovering from open heart surgery, and working tirelessly to reach his goal of a return to college athletics. With a new permanent implant monitoring his every heartbeat, and after a full year of recovery, he was cleared to compete for the Queens College Knights prior to the 2016-2017 season.
Over the past two seasons, Hall played in 45 games for the Knights, averaging 9.3 points per game in over 22 minutes played per contest. This past season, he averaged 12.2 points per game, while leading the ECC and ranking in the top-10 in Division II with a three point field goal percentage of 46.5 percent."