It’s kind of surprising that Charlie Hall isn’t a bigger name, seeing as how his mother is the former President of the United States.
OK, that’s not true. Instead, Hall’s mom is Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was the president on Veep. Still, the son of the nine-time Emmy Award winner isn’t especially well-known around college hoops, largely because he is a walk-on for Northwestern who has appeared in six games this season. Hall has played eight total minutes in those six games and has not scored a point. He didn’t score a point in 2015-16, either.
During Northwestern’s 83-61 thrashing of Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night, Hall got the opportunity to check in and play for the game’s final minute and change. For a brief moment, Louis-Dreyfus – along with her husband Brad Hall – went from a celebrity to a parent who was watching their kid play for the school that she also attended.
Louis-Dreyfus’ reactions during this entire sequence were awesome. She was on the edge of her seat, was ready to start cheering when he looked like he was about to get an assist, and was briefly upset that the shot didn’t go in before Hall grabbed the rebound, which made her overjoyed.
Northwestern may be the best story in college basketball this year, as the Wildcats are likely going to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. It’s also cool that, you know, Julia Louis-Dreyfus attends their games and occasionally freaks out when her walk-on son checks in. Here’s to hoping that happens more frequently as March rolls on.