Another week, another point guard signs to play for the University of New Mexico Lobos basketball team.
Chris McNeal, a 6-foot-1 point guard who was an honorable mention NJCAA All-American this season at Indian Hills Community College in Ottuma, Iowa, announced on Twitter Monday night he had signed with the Lobos.
— Chris McNeal (@C_Mc_11) May 2, 2017
Late Monday, UNM assistant coach Marc Hsu tweeted back to him, “Welcome to the family!”
McNeal, a sophomore who has two seasons of eligibility remaining, averaged a team-best 13.1 points and 5.3 assists per game for the 29-5 Warriors this past season, including hitting 83 3-pointers in the 34 games he played (33 starts).
McNeal joins 5-11 Akron point guard graduate transfer Antino Jackson and 6-1 Polk State College combo guard transfer Troy Simons as the three players who have committed to first year head coach Paul Weir. That, along with the eight returning Lobos on the roster, means there are two open scholarships remaining for the Lobos for the 2017-18 season.
Through Monday, only two Lobos on the roster or signed stand taller than 6-foot-7 (senior Joe Furstinger and junior Connor MacDougall are each 6-9).
McNeal is from Jackson, Tenn., and played the 2015-16 season as a freshman guard at Western Kentucky University, where he started 29 games as a true freshman and averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 assists. He holds the WKU freshman assists record (134).