Maryland 62, Michigan State 60 - November 17, 2006 (photos courtesy of Associated Press)
On Neal: Lone senior on this year's team... has played 62 games in his three seasons with the Terrapins... outstanding physical presence whose strength helps solidify the front line... smart player and solid passer whose court sense has made him a contributor in key situtations.
As a Junior (2007-08): Played in 22 games ... earned the Maryland Basketball Academic Award for the second consecutive season ... made his first career start against North Florida (Nov. 11) and went 3-of-6 from the field for a season-high seven points while pulling down four rebounds ... played a career-high 20 minutes against the Ospreys ... missed nine games due to a separated shoulder ... scored five points off the bench at Duke (Jan. 27) ... scored six points in eight minutes at Charlotte (Jan. 5) ... returned to the Terrapins lineup after his injury and played 13 minutes and pulled down four rebounds against American University (Dec. 22) ... scored four points, grabbed two rebounds, and recorded two steals against Hampton (Nov. 12) ... hit a total of four three-pointers on the season, including three vs. ACC schools: Boston College (Dec. 9), Duke (Jan. 27) and Virginia (March 9) ... grabbed two steals twice, against Hampton and Charlotte.
As a Sophomore (2006-07): Played in 27 games during his sophomore season ... averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest ... came off the bench and grabbed a rebound against Butler (March 17) ... entered the game late and knocked down two free throws against Davidson (March 15) ... played in a reserve roll against Miami (March 8), NC State (March 3) and Duke (Feb. 28) ... contributed off the bench at Clemson (Feb. 18) ... scored four points and grabbed five rebounds in 14 minutes at NC State (Feb. 14) ... played seven minutes and scored two points against Duke (Feb. 11) ... knocked down a three-pointer against Virginia (Feb. 6) ... scored four points and pulled down two rebounds in eight minutes against Georgia Tech (Jan. 24) ... came off the bench and contributed in wins over Iona (Jan. 4) and Siena (Dec. 31) ... chipped in two points vs. Mount St. Mary's (Dec. 28) ... scored six points on 3-of-5 shooting in four minutes against Missouri-Kansas City (Dec. 13) ... grabbed two rebounds in four minutes against Fordham (Dec. 6) ... played nine minutes off the bench and recorded his first career blocked shot against Winthrop (Nov. 20) ... scored two points in two minutes against Michigan State (Nov. 17) ... scored six points and grabbed four rebounds in 12 minutes against Florida A&M (Nov. 12) ... recorded career highs in points (8) and rebounds (8) against Hampton (Nov. 7).
As a Freshman (2005-06): Appeared in 13 games during 2005-06 ... averaged 1.0 points and 0.6 rebounds per game ... saw first-half action against North Carolina (Feb. 2) and N.C. State (Feb. 5) ... made his first career appearance in an ACC game against Duke (Jan. 11) and finished with two points, a rebound, and a steal ... scored a personal-best seven points in seven minutes against VMI (Dec. 31) ... went 2-for-2 from the foul line in four minutes against Western Carolina (Dec. 7) ... recorded two rebounds in a six-minute stretch against Chaminade (Nov. 22) ... scored his first collegiate points and grabbed a rebound in five minutes against Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 18) in the season opener.
At Bishop O'Connell: Starred at Bishop O'Connell in Arlington, Va., for four years, participating in 116 career victories (29 wins per season) ... averaged 20.2 points per game and 13.3 rebounds as a senior in leading O'Connell to a 31-3 record ... named MVP of the prestigious Alhambra Catholic Invitational Tournament in Cumberland, Md. and the MVP of the Virginia state tournament as a senior ... earned first team All-Met honors from the Washington Post and was a unanimous first team Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) all league choice in his final season ...helped squad to the 2004 WCAC championship as a junior ... credited with seven game-winning shots in his career ... high school teammate and classmate of Marcus Ginyard, who he and the Terps will face at North Carolina ... high school coach was Joe Wootten.
Personal: Son of Kathy and David Neal ... has one sister, Mackenzie (21) and a brother, Justin (18) ... member of SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk) and the Ambassador program in high school ... favorite pro basketball player is Dirk Nowitski ... lifelong dream to be a Terrapin ... majoring in criminology and criminal justice.
Neal's Career Statistics