WVU Commit Sean McNeil: ‘This Summer Will Be Big For Me’
Recent West Virginia basketball commitment Sean McNeil knows that he has a reputation as “just” a perimeter shooter. He disagrees with that assessment, but is prepared to work on all aspects of his game to show that he is a well-rounded player — and can be one on the top tier of Division I.
McNeil, who committed to WVU after a weekend visit to campus, understands what awaits him under head coach Bob Huggins.
“I know that [last season] is not what West Virginia is about,” he said, noting that it was a topic of discussion on his visit. “I love the way West Virginia played defense, and on my visit we talked about getting it back to the way is should be. I know this summer is big for me. I have to work on all parts of my game.”
It’s tough to imagine the six-foot, four-inch McNeil improving his raw shooting. He made 49% of his shots from the field and 43% from 3-point range. He was also a respectable ballhandler, and snared six rebounds per game. He knows, however, that the distance from the lower tier of Division II junior college basketball is several parsecs away from his next destination.
“I did play some good competition, but I know that it’s a completely different story in the Big 12. But I felt good on my visits (to West Virginia). The guys were similar to me, and it was the second time I had been around them. It felt good.”
McNeil also reached out to rising sophomore Jordan McCabe, who hosted him along with Emmitt Matthews, in between his visits.
“I wanted to get the player’s perspective and a good idea of everything there,” he said of the move. “We talked about it a lot. I know everyone there is dedicated to getting it turned around and getting West Virginia back to where it should be.”
McNeil will get one more chance to show his ability before coming to West Virginia, and this one will be against a higher level of competition. He was selected to play in the NJCAA All-Star Game in Las Vegas, on Saturday, May 18 with 23 other players, 12 of which come from Division I junior colleges. Twenty-two of the selectees are NJCAA All-Americans.
After that nice test, McNeil will head to WVU, enrolling in the first week of June. He will join Oscar Tshiebwe, Deuce McBride and Spencer Macke, along with at least a couple of other new faces, on what will be a very different-looking 2019 Mountaineer basketball squad.