FINALS WATCH: Hall lights it up

AP News
Posted: Apr 05, 2013 3:30 PM

ATLANTA (AP) — Wichita State forward Carl Hall said he knows about lighting up the Final Four.

But he wasn't boosting about being able to score a lot of points, he was talking about the actual lights at Georgia Dome.

Hall made hundreds of the fluorescent light fixtures inside the arena while working a factory job near his home in Cochran, Ga., a couple hours' drive from the dome.

"Actually we made these lights they have on the ceiling here," Hall said Friday, pointing above his head. "I probably painted those parts. But we made those lights, and I remember it was very hot, and you come home covered in paint. It was just not a great feeling. It's a very hard job."

He made $12 an hour working the overnight shift, where he painted the fixtures. He would get off at 7 a.m. so that he could attend classes at Middle Georgia College during the day.

Said Shockers coach Gregg Marshall: "With Carl's degree, which he has in hand now, he can go back and at least be a supervisor."

— Dave Skretta —


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