McNeal adds "big" WKU offer

2015 point guard is an early priority for the Hilltopper coaching staff.

It only took one quality first impression to earn his scholarship.

South Side HS (Tennessee) point guard Chris McNeal added an offer from Western Kentucky assistant Shawn Forrest on Wednesday, after the Topper coach watched the 2015 prospect workout at school.

"Monday night, I was at home, Coach Forrest reached out to me and said he wanted to come watch me workout sometime this week," McNeal said. "So I told him I workout everyday after school, and he came.

"After the workout, we had talked, and he told me they are looking for a 2015 point guard that's quick, that can do it all really. He thought I'd be a great fit for them and gave me the offer."

Forrest was so impressed with the 5-foot-11 guard, the WKU assistant immediately phoned Topper head coach Ray Harper to make introductions.

"He (Harper) said that he was gonna be in Dallas this weekend," McNeal said. "So the head coach is gonna come watch me play in Dallas (at Adidas Gauntlet Basketball Series) and be at every game.

"That (WKU)'s a big offer. I have a lot of mid-major offers, but this one sticks out. I've been following them every since last year, because my old AAU teammate Payton Hulsey played there."

Other early offers for McNeal include Ole Miss, UMass, South Alabama, Tennessee Tech, Cleveland State, UT-Martin and Toledo, among others.

Planning for now to major in exercise science, McNeal already knows a few factors he's eyeing in an eventual program.

"Education for me is a big key," he said. "A great relationship with the coaching staff, and then just somewhere I feel like I'm at home, somewhere I know I can get better at."

The 2015 point guard helped lead South Side to the school's first Tennessee Class AA state championship in 2013, scoring 25 points in a 91-83 double overtime win over East Nashville in the finals.

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