McNeil shows improvement

2013 prospect Daquan McNeil has college coaches keeping tabs on his development following a strong summer circuit with Baltimore Elite.

Last year Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy standout Daquan McNeil had his moments, but after a full year in prep school and a solid season on the summer circuit the 6-foot-4 guard is taking big steps in the right direction.

"He was really good last year at times and I think last year it was figuring out what position he was," Vermont Academy coach Jess Bopp said. "He had a good summer with Bub [Carrington] and Baltimore Elite. I think it was new to him, the structure and academics."

"He was really good in games," Bopp remembered. "He was really good against Notre Dame and then the next game wasn't as good."

Now McNeil, a 2013 prospect, is making the appropriate steps to getting better and is playing with consistency.

"He's been really, really good for us," Bopp told Scout.com. "I think he's taken a step maturity wise and he understands the game a little more. To me, he can score. I think his greatest ability is scoring the ball. He can and will play some point for us and he can get guys shots."

"He's been really consistent every day doing the same stuff, so I think he's taken a step towards that consistency," he added.

On the recruiting front, McNeil, who ranks among the top 100 prospects, has a handful of schools are starting to stick out. Bopp cited Marquette, Rutgers, VCU and Richmond as the schools making him a priority.

"Those are the four schools to me," Bopp told Scout.com. "People call, but to me those four are the ones expressing the amount of interest that they want the kid."

"He's been to VCU," he added. "Shaka [Smart] is coming up here Dec. 1st. Rutgers has been here twice. Marquette has been here, but Richmond has not been here. But Jamal Brunt is a Baltimore guy so there's a relationship there."

According to Bopp, VCU and Richmond have offered him a scholarship.

"I don't know if Rutgers is a formal offer and we've talked about getting him down there," he said. "Miami has been in more contact as well. Chris Caputo has been up here."

McNeil, a four-star prospect, is ranked No. 74 overall in the 2013 class.


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