Craig Neal's son granted release, will play for New Mexico


Recently-promoted New Mexico head coach Craig Neal will have a familiar face playing for him next season.

Cullen Neal was released from his commitment at St. Mary's and will head to New Mexico to play for his father, according to CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman.

For more on New Mexico, head over to Mountain West Connection.

Neal was next in line to replace departing star Matthew Dellavedova at St. Mary's, per Goodman, but instead will join Craig Neal, who was promoted to head coach of the Lobos after Steve Alford left for UCLA. Neal, a 6'4, 170-pound point guard, averaged 26.5 points per game as a senior at Eldorado High School.

Neal, a three-star recruit, is rated as the top player in the state of New Mexico and the No. 27-ranked point guard in the country, according to ESPN's RecruitingNation. He'll join a team that includes an established underclassman guard in Kendall Williams. Another underclassman, Tony Snell, has opted to enter the NBA Draft.

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