Q & A With Alfred Neale
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/15/2004
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 15, 2004

Throughout the 2003-04 basketball season, GoLobos.com will be conducting "Ask the Coach/Player" sessions with different Lobo men's basketball coaches and players.

Below are answers to some of the questions you submitted to Lobo junior Alfred Neale over the last week. Don't forget the Lobos face Air Force on Friday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. (M.S.T.) in The Pit. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the UNM Ticket Office or by calling (505) 925-LOBO (5626). It is also Pack the Pit night and all tickets are discounted to ten dollars.

Alfred, I've seen you sky for boards and get the occasional block. I'm just wondering what your "official" vertical leap is? I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't surpass 40 inches. Keep up the GREAT work and good luck! (Wally - Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: Thanks Wally, my vertical leap is an even 40 inches.

Is it true that you are going to high jump for UNM? (Kelly)

AN: Kelly, I plan to high jump in the spring if it is OK with coach McKay.

Being as athletic as you are, what made you choose basketball in college over track and field or some other sport? BTW, that alley-oop dunk at NMSU was sweet! (Jakob - Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: Thanks Jakob, I would have rather had the win, but that was a nice pass from Mark. I choose basketball just because I love the game. I ran track in high school and one year of junior college, but I love to play basketball.

You elevate so well on your jump-shot. Have you ever had one blocked? (Rob - Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: Nope, not yet.

What would you tell someone that wants to increase their jumping ability? (Ben - Cedar Crest, NM)

AN: That's a good question Ben, but I have always been able to jump without having to work on it too much. You can lift weights to help your vertical. Squats, leg presses and calf raises are always good for that.

Alfred, you have shown your versatility in the first 12 games of the season but what do you think is the strongest part in your game? (David Colwell - Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: David, I think my ability to rebound from the small forward and guard positions help us out a lot. It is a very strong part of my game.

How has the addition of Danny Granger and Troy DeVries helped your ability to play. (C.P. (11 year old) - Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: It has added more pressure to all of us. They raise the level of play and you have to bring your game up to their level. They also come in and earn minutes right away, so you have to go out and perform to be able to get on the floor.

Hey Alfred! I've watched Lobo Basketball for 3 seasons and you quickly became one of my favorite all-time players to sport a Lobo jersey. You have a wide range of talents, so what do you see yourself doing after your basketball career at UNM is over? (Danielle - Rio Rancho, N.M.)

AN: I hope to be able to continue to play music. I play gospel music and the piano, mostly.

Hello Al, how has your attitude, your outlook on the game, and your personality changed moving from a junior college to a division I university? (Amber - Belen, N.M.)

AN: It is a lot more intense and mental at the Division I level. Also, basketball take sup a lot more of your time at this level. It's been a tough adjustment, but I think I've handled it well.

Alfred we are glad to have you as a Lobo but what made you want to become one? (Jessica - Los Lunas, N.M.)

AN: The coaching staff and coach McKay especially were the reasons why I came here. Their relationship with Christ was the biggest reason why I chose UNM.

Alfred, how is it that you were still available so late in the signing period? You are obviously a solid and consistent player and a huge part of the team. (Mike Sliva, Albuquerque, N.M.)

AN: I did not want to make any sudden decisions on where I was going to go. I waited around and this opportunity came up so I took it.