2013-14 • FRESHMAN
Stats & Trends
Was the fourth leading scoring on the team as a freshman, averaging 7.1 points per game, one of the top marks for rookies in the Mountain West • his 243 total points just missed the UNM freshman top 10 • was second on the team with 42 three-pointers despite only averaging 19.9 minutes per game • started three games, and averaged 15.3 points per game, including games of 24 and 18 points in wins over Marquette and Grand Canyon • was third on the team with 65 assists • had 36 turnovers in the first 14 games (2.6 per game) but significantly improved in that department over the final 20 games, suffering just 28, turning in a 1.3 A-TO ratio over that time period.
Single Game Highlights
Scored 12 points in his debut with two assists on a pair of alley-oops and a steal, hitting seven free throws against Alabama A&M • Hit for double-figures with 11 points and added seven assists against Charleston Southern • added three assists and a three-pointer against UMass in 17 minutes after Hugh Greenwood got in foul trouble • had a career-high with 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including three three-pointers, against Davidson • hit for six points, including a perfect 3-for-3 from the line, in his first rivalry game at New Mexico State • scored five points, including a big first-half three to key a run as UNM beat Cincinnati 63-54 • led all bench scorers with four points against Kansas • earned his first career start against New Mexico State, scoring four points and adding two assists • scored a career-high 24 points, including a career-best six threes as UNM came back from nine down in the second half to defeat Marquette 75-68 • continued his torrid pace with 18 points and seven assists in a career-high 35 minutes against Grand Canyon • scored five points in 24 minutes against Colorado State • had six points and a team-leading three assists against Wyoming in his first MW road game • hit all three of his free throws against UNLV • had a masterful game with 17 points off the bench, including 12 in the first half, against Fresno State • scored two points with two assists against Boise State • had a solid outing with eight points and an assist at Colorado State, hitting all three of his two-point shots • had another big game with 13 including three threes and four rebounds in a road win at Utah State • scored eight points and grabbed a career-high tying four rebounds with four assists against San Jose State • scored five points, including UNM’s only three-pointer on a 35-foot, shot-clock buzzer-beater against Wyoming • had a pair of free throws and a steal against Boise State on the road • had his eighth double-figure scoring game, hitting three threes including a four-point play, and dishing off two dazzling assists for dunks against Nevada • hit a three-pointer early against UNLV in a 68-56 win • scored eight points on a pair of three-pointers against San Diego State • ignited an eight-point comeback win with 12 points, including three threes and a pair of assists against Utah State • had eight points, hitting a pair of three-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with under eight minutes to go at Nevada • scored eight points with a team-high six assists against Air Force, hitting three field goals and two threes • scored two points at San Diego State • hit a pair of basketbs, including a three, as part of a seven point night against Fresno State • had a big four-point play right after San Diego State took a three-point lead in the second half of the championship game of the MW Tournament • scored four points in 13 minutes against Stanford with a pair of assists • The team finished 18-1 this season when he records two made field goals, and 7-6 when he records one or zero
2013 AUSTRALIAN TOUR
Accompanied the team to Australia but did not play due to appendicitis.
Lettered for four years in basketball at Eldorado High School • one of the most decorated players ever out of the state of New Mexico • he was named a Parade All-American, Mr. Basketball for New Mexico, and the 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year • he was an ESPN Top 100 member as a junior and as a senior (rated No. 87) • Also was named Hot 100 Top 100 Players, HoopScoop Top 100, Rose Hoops Top 100, Rivals Top 100, Nike Top 100 and Pangos Top 100 • Was also a three-time Adidas Phenom All-Star and a Top 30 Cream of the Crop selection • was selected to the All-Tournament team for the Fab 48 Tournament and the Elite 8 in the Desert • finished his high school career at Eldorado with 2,311 career points, third-most in New Mexico history, and his 831 points as a senior was 11th all-time (and a school record) • ranked fifth in state history with 497 career assists • his 778 career free throws is the most in New Mexico prep history, and he owns the second-highest (260) and third-highest (239) single-season totals • made 217 three-pointers in his career, sixth all-time in New Mexico prep history • was named First Team All-State and First Team All-City as a junior and as a senior, after earning Second Team honors in both as a sophomore • also played for the North squad in the New Mexico High School All-Star game • three times in his career he drained at least eight threes in a game, hitting 87 total in 2011-12, a school record for a season • as a senior he led Eldorado to a 20-8 record, averaging 26.4 points per game and 7.1 assists per game, helping the Eagles to the state semifinals • dished out an incredible 193 assists and grabbed 39 steals as a senior • had a game for the ages as a senior, scoring 43 points including nine threes in a three-point loss to Albuquerque High • had 11 30-point games as a senior, including a 39, 40 and 43-point effort • had a 34-point night against Sandia that included a career-best 18-for-18 from the line • in leading Eldorado to the 2012 state title he led the Eagles with a 27.7 scoring average, 5.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 steals as a junior • scored 34 points on 12-of-21 shooting in the title game against La Cueva, played at The Pit • overall as a junior he shot 45% from the field and hit 87 three-pointers, along with 81% from the free throw line • finished his career with six different 40-point scoring nights, including a career-high 46 against Albuquerque High as a junior • graduated with a 3.982 grade point average • a member of the National Honor Society.
His parents are Craig and Janet Neal • has a brother Dalton • is majoring in interpersonal communication • his birthday is March 18, 1994 • favorite athlete is “Pistol” Pete Maravich • volunteers with the Special Olympics and Big Brothers Big Sisters.