Neal has two early offers

2013 New Mexico shooting guard Cullen Neal has two early offers and is in the midst of a strong July. He talks to about his recruitment.

It's been a productive July for 6-foot-4, 175-pound Albuquerque (N.M.) shooting guard Cullen Neal and it's led to increased attention for the 2013 prospect.

"I think July is going great," Neal said. "I've played well and the team is doing well too."

After averaging 19.6 points in the Great America Shootout and 21 points in the Kansas City Metro Tournament, Neal picked up an offer from San Francisco to add to his previous one from Oregon State.

Neal is also hearing from San Diego, Santa Clara, Stanford, Kansas State, Florida State, Miami, Cal, USC, Portland, Tennessee, DePaul, Ole Miss, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

The offer from Oregon State was Neal's first and he's gotten to know the staff better since receiving it.

"I think it's pretty cool," Neal said. "They were my first offer and hopefully I can keep building off that. I've talked to coach (David) Grace a lot and I like him a lot."

A big reason for Neal's early recruiting attention is his scoring ability, according to his Danny Granger Hurricanes AAU coach Craig Snow.

"He's a very versatile scorer," Snow said. "He scores in so many different ways; he can hit a three off a screen, three off the dribble in transition, he can get to the basket, he gets to the free throw line 7 to 10 times a game, he makes good decisions with the ball, but primarily he's a tremendous scorer."

Even though Cullen's father, Craig Neal, is associate head coach of New Mexico, the shooting guard is open to where he will play in college. Those bloodlines definitely help Cullen as a player, however.

"The biggest thing is he's a really invested kid," Snow said. "He eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. He understands the game on an intellectual level, whereas most 16-year old kids don't have a clue. He knows how to play and that's starting to show.

"I just can't imagine a kid who works harder at the game than Cullen. He's really a basketball kid."

When it comes time to make a decision, Neal is in no rush and has several qualities he'll be looking for in a program.

"I want to take my time," he said. "I'll look for everything. Location, the coaches and the facilities."

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