Saint Mary’s added an experienced guard with the addition of graduate transfer Cullen Neal, he announced on Monday.
The 6-foot-5 Neal is the son of former New Mexico head coach Craig “Noodles” Neal as he started his career at New Mexico. Neal transferred to Ole Miss and played his junior season there, averaging 9.4 points and 2.2 assists per game last season while shooting 40 percent from three-point range.
Neal is another three-point weapon and a potential double-figure scorer for the Gaels as he’s joining a team already ranked in the NBCSports.com 2017-18 way-too-early preseason top 25. The addition of an experience guard like Neal should help offset the loss of Joe Rahon as the Gaels also return their top three scorers–Jock Landale, Calvin Hermanson and Emmett Naar– from last season.
With Gonzaga losing so many key pieces from last season’s national runner-up, the WCC race could be very intriguing next season between these two teams as Saint Mary’s has put itself in position for another strong season.