College basketball opens today. It feels quite good to write that.
What feels just as good to write is that Mark Few reportedly has a Rivals Top 150 player coming to campus this weekend for an unofficial visit. Cullen Neal, a 6'4'' guard from New Mexico, will be in Spokane as the Bulldogs open up their 2011-12 journey.
Neal currently holds offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Portland, San Francisco, and Tulane. He has already taken unofficial visits to Stanford, St. Mary's, and Oregon State. The combo guard is the son of New Mexico assistant coach Craig Neal and, yes, he is receiving interest from them as well. In addition to the Lobos, he is getting interest from a number of WCC & Pac-12 schools but has also heard from Tennessee, Florida State, and Vanderbilt.
As the son of a coach, the first attribute that comes to mind when watching Cullen play is his excellent knowledge of the game. He has a great feel for basketball and is a guy that is constantly in the right place at the right time. Scout.com's July, 2011 profile of him offered some great quotes from his AAU coach:
He's a very versatile scorer," Snow said. "He scores in so many different ways; he can hit a three off a screen, three off the dribble in transition, he can get to the basket, he gets to the free throw line 7 to 10 times a game, he makes good decisions with the ball, but primarily he's a tremendous scorer."
"The biggest thing is he's a really invested kid," Snow said. "He eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. He understands the game on an intellectual level."
We will continue to track Neal's recruitment and provide updates as they happen. Neal is the second 2013 high-major gurad prospect with reported Zag interest. Zach Lavine, a Seattle product is also a primary focus of the cycle.