Like many of those who practise his faith, Max Hall decided to give part of his life to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
The remarkable part for Hall is it came right at the beginning of what was likely going to be a sensational NCAA career. After one year at Arizona State University, the aggressively recruited Hall packed up and moved to Iowa to go on a mission so many young Mormon men take.
In addition to going door to door to spread their message, LDS missionaries can call home only twice a year, on Mother's Day and Christmas, they can't watch television and can e-mail loved ones once a week. They work in pairs and must spend every waking moment together.
"Most of us kind of decide as we're growing up that that's something we're going to do," Hall said. "It's kind of a cultural thing. Everybody in my family did it, and it's something I wanted to do. But yeah, it was pretty tough to leave."