Friday, March 18, 2005

Possible addition for 2005

Recruiting for the 2005 class is largely over at this point and jockeying for the 2006 class is in full swing. However, according to the Washington Post there is another possible 2005 recruit that Maryland may add to the current lone SF Shane Clark. David Neal, a PF at O'Connell high school, is being recruited on a "wait and see" approach by Maryland and and Georgetown. Maryland has told Neal they will wait till after the season to decide on whether to offer him a scholarship or not. Georgetown has offered him the chance to join the team as a walk on. Neal has offers from Loyola, Manhattan, St. Louis, St. Bonaventure and Holy Cross. He is holding out for the possibility of playing for a major program like Maryland. Notre Dame and George Washington are also sniffing around. Neal is not very athletic but at 6-7 225lbs he is solid and has European type skills. He has a perimeter game and can score on the inside as well.

His coach said:
He gets to the ball quickly and has a great feel for the game. He makes soft shots around the rim, can shoot the three and can put the ball on the floor. He's like a European player who knows the game and you don't think he's that quick, but he's a little quicker than you think he is.
He averaged 19.9 points and shot 75.5% from the FT line in his senior season at O'Connell while making 1st team WCAC. Other 1st team WCAC players include:
Mamadi Diane-DeMatha (Virginia)
Nigel Munson-DeMatha (junior, getting 2nd tier major interest)
Chris Wright-St. Johns (highly recruited top 10 player in country for 2007, soph)
David Neal -O'Connell
Marcus Ginyard -O'Connell (North Carolina)

Marcus Ginyard committed to North Carolina last year and averaged 20.9ppg and there is a feeling he was vastly overrated. O'Connell finished ranked 4th in the area with a 28-3 record. Neal posted 28 and 19 in two games versus #1 ranked Dematha this season. He also scored 34 in a game versus Paul VI. The most obvious analogy would be to Lee Melchionni from Duke. Neal probably has more inside presence but not quite the outside shot, though he does have significant range.

Don't be surprised, if there is more offseason attrition on the Maryland roster besides the obvious Gilchrist departure, when Neal is added to the roster in the late spring. He will be a good bench player and a decent addition to a thin frontline. The junior college ranks don't seem to have any promising frontline players and the remaining group is so thin that marginal top 100 players like Uche Echefu from Montrose are getting attention from schools like Kentucky.

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