I really wish Illinois had a scholarship available in the Class of 2005 for this kid. Jerel just simply gets the job done every time I see him. He does everything and he does it all good. Today Jerel showed me that he could play the point if he had to. You wouldn't want him as your main point guard but he could relieve your starting point guard in a pinch.
Illinois is still looking at him, but is not a major player in his recruitment right now due to the Illini already receiving a commitment from Peoria Richwoods shooting guard Jamar Smith. I believe that at this point in their careers, McNeal is better than Jamar but has more of Hubie Brown's favorite word, "upside."
Marquette is the leader at this point for McNeal.
G BOBBY FRASOR - Chicago, IL (Brother Rice HS)
Bobby was very good today. He can run the point a little bit, and is a good shooter, so he would probably be a vaunted combination guard on the college level. Bobby has the ability to drive and pullup for jump shots in the lane. The biggest concern that I have with Bobby is that he is not real quick, so his ability to play defense against the quicker guards in college is a question right now. By no means is Bobby a bad defender, but it will be interesting to see how his defense progresses on the college level. I like him as a prospect, but I don't see him as a must get for Illinois by any means.
PG BRYAN MULLINS - Downers Grove, IL (Downers Grove South HS)
Mullins is good, but not great player. If I were Chris Lowery (the recently hired head coach at Southern Illinois University), I'd be all over this kid. Bryan would fit in perfectly in the Missouri Valley and down in Carbondale. Bryan is a true point guard, in fact he runs that position perfectly, but at this time in his development he is not great at getting his own shot off. Bryan is solidly built and played great defense when I watched him, but it really is a shame he's not taller.
G BRANDON EWING - Chicago, IL (Julian HS)
Brandon played the best game I've ever seen him play on Saturday. Ewing was passing the ball well and hitting the shots that he was taking. Right now I feel that Brandon is a mid-major prospect, and not at the level of a player that Illinois should be recruiting.
SG BRANDON HOLTZ - Bloomington, IL (Bloomington HS)
Brandon was shooting the ball extremely well until he tried to take it at Jerel McNeal and score over him a few times. Jerel was up to Brandon's challenge and blocked a few of Holtz's shots in the lane. If I'm Bradley, or another mid-major program, I take him as my zone buster for the next four years.
SG SEAD ODZIC - Niles, IL (Niles West HS)
I really did not see what all the fuss was about Sead when I watched him on Saturday afternoon., but that is probably because he was shooting the ball terribly while I was watching. I believe that Sead was 0-for-8 when I was watching him including an air ball or two. From what I have heard, though, this is not a typical Odzic shooting display.
Sherron was my favorite kid to watch all day. I think he's grown a little bit; he might be pushing 5'9 right now. Despite his short stature, he is solidly built so he can't be pushed around by bigger guards. On the court, Sherron is almost the spitting image of former Chicago prep player and current Georgia Tech back up point guard, Will Bynum. Collins is super quick, has great handles, and is a streaky jump shooter. He is a good passer, but I didn't get to witness if he had excellent court vision today.
Sherron is one of those guys that I love because they can turn the speed up an extra notch at any point during the game. He is a player that I would love to see play for Illinois. I talked with him after the event and he hasn't even made a list at this point, which is not surprising since he is just entering the summer before his junior season.
PG WILLIE WALKER - Romeoville, IL (Romeoville HS)
After watching today's event, I was not overly impressed by Walker. At this point I might have to say that he is a bit overrated. Walker was able to hit some shots, but he didn't do anything like Collins did to make me get excited. In fact, the other kid from Romeoville, Kierre Miller a 6'0 point guard in the Class of 2006, impressed me much more than Walker.