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Aransas Pass High School basketball senior Colin Hale gives credit for his on-the-court success to his family and hard work. Hale scored 1,039 points in his senior regular season alone and currently sits at 2,745 for his career with playoffs still remaining. He has already surpassed Sam Gray for the all-time leading scorer at APHS, and as of Feb. 21, Hale was 30 in Texas High School Boys Basketball Scoring History according to Texas Basketball Magazine.
“Honestly, basketball is just in my blood,” Hale said. “My dad loves the game, and my older brother and sister both played in college.”
Hale shared his older siblings say he is better than they are, but his high-scoring play would not have happened without them. “I remember many days and nights in the driveway with them when I was little,” Hale said. “They showed no mercy. I remember running inside crying several times because of the games in the driveway.”
Like most kids growing up, Hale played all sports, but as he grew older, basketball became his one love. “You name a sport, I played it,” Hale said. “But for whatever reason, basketball became what I wanted to focus on.”
Hale began playing travel basketball (Texas Express Basketball Club) during the off season of his freshman year with a team out of Corpus Christi. “Playing AAU (Amateur Athletic Club) really helped me play against the best of the best competition,” Hale said.
The summer before his senior season Hale was handpicked to play for a recruiting travel team out of San Antonio called the San Antonio Basketball Organization (SABO). Hale explained he was the only player out of the Coastal Bend to play on the team, and SABO traveled across the United States playing tournaments. “[SABO] was a huge blessing because playing for them really got me a lot of exposure with college coaches,” Hale said.
Offers to play basketball are on the table for Hale at Lubbock Christian and St. Francis. Hale shared several Division I schools have shown interest and told him they will be in attendance at the playoffs games to make a decision on whether they will offer him or not. “My dream has always been to play Division I,” Hale said. “I have a lot of peace about it because of my parents, Coach Hayes and my summer ball coach, and I’m really just focused on helping my team and keep playing my game.”
Hale’s expectations for the Panthers are high going into the playoffs. “I cannot see a reason we should not be playing at the state tournament soon,” Hale said. “We’ve worked really hard to get to that point, and that would be the icing on the cake for me.”
Hale has not lost a district game during his career at APHS, and he will not hesitate to say he is the leader of the Panthers squad. “I take full responsibility for anything that happens on the court,” Hale said. “I think the way I was raised I was meant to be a leader, so I have had fun filling that role this season.”
Hale explained he started a group message between himself and some teammates called “Midnight Buckets” to let everyone know when pickup games or extra gym time was happening. “This sounds cliche, but during the offseason and summer, I literally eat, sleep and play basketball,” Hale said. “I’ve worked so hard with the help of my dad and teammates to be where I am at now, and I would not change a thing.”
Hale laughed when saying he could not even guess how many hours or shots he has put in the gym. Aransas Pass High School Head Coach Glen Hayes shared he could talk for hours about how he has seen Hale grow over the last four years. “Even when he was a freshman, he was our go to guy in a sense,” Hayes said. “Each year, he just got better and better, grew into the leader we needed him to be, and now, all of his hard work is paying off.”
Hale will be playing college basketball somewhere, and wherever he may be, he will be majoring in business. “It will be cool to see how playing basketball and being part of a team will transition over and help in my college life on the way to being an adult,” Hale said.
Hale doesn’t have any plans to play basketball after college, but he recognizes his time on the court as been a slam dunk.
“I’ll ride it until the wheels fall off, as they say,” Hale said. “Whatever happens with basketball and my adult life, I know I have been super blessed by my basketball career.”