ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Cullen Neal has chosen to transfer to “Ole Miss” in Mississippi. The announcement comes after the soon to be University of New Mexico graduate decided to transfer.
Neal told ESPN Wednesday, “They just made me feel like home,” Neal said. “I just felt like it was the right place for me — and I think they have a chance to be really good in the next few years.” Neal visited Ole Miss back in March. He also took a visit to Texas A&M and was scheduled to visit Ohio State. Neal never took that trip.
Neal will have two years of eligibility at his new school and will be able to play immediately as he’s getting a degree in communications from UNM.
Last season Ole Miss went 20-11 overall and 10-8 in SEC play. This will be a good opportunity for the guard to showcase his skills in the SEC, after receiving a lot of scrutiny from the UNM fans, harassment, and even death threats.
Neal averaged more than 12 points and nearly four assists per game this past season.
The Lobos finished with a 17-15 record, including the Mountain West Conference tournament loss to Nevada that ended UNM’s season.
Cullen never specifically said why he was transferring but he did release a statement thanking the coaches, staff, and fans in March. “I was blessed by being a part of a Mountain West Championship and participating in the NCAA Tournament my freshman season. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity to play for my father for two seasons and will miss that in the future. Leaving my teammates, coaches, and all the support staff weighs heavy on my heart. I will miss all of them. I consider Albuquerque my home, and I love the University of New Mexico. I want to thank our great Lobo fans who have encouraged me and supported our team”, said Cullen Neal.