Cullen Neal has played his last basketball game of the season.
The University of New Mexico sophomore guard on Saturday made it official, he will apply for a medical hardship waiver with the NCAA due to the lingering effects of a high ankle sprain suffered in the Lobos third game of the season on Nov. 20.
“He’s just not responding like we thought he would,” said Lobos head coach Craig Neal, who is also Cullen’s father. “He’s having a hard time jumping. I think it’s really tough for him. I know he’s emotional just because he wants to play with Hugh (Greenwood) and he wants to play with Deshawn (Delaney, UNM’s two seniors). But at the end of the day he’s got to make a decision for himself.”
Cullen Neal, the 6-foot-5 Eldorado High graduate who was began the season as the Lobos starting point guard, resumed basketball activities over the past week, but the partially torn tendons in his right ankle were clearly still unstable, according to UNM trainers and team doctors, who advised Neal and his family on multiple occasions since the injury, which was sustained in a loss to Boston College when the team was playing in Puerto Rico.