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Ole Miss inks New Mexico point guard Cullen Neal

Ole Miss inks New Mexico point guard Cullen Neal

One of Ole Miss head basketball coach Andy Kennedy’s top priorities of late was to secure a point guard for next season–and he did so in a big way Wednesday as New Mexico’s Cullen Neal signed with the Rebels.

The 6-foot-5 guard, who played for his father, Craig, the past three seasons will become a member of the Rebels for the 2016-17 season and immediately becomes eligible as a graduate transfer. Neal will have two years remaining because he received a medical redshirt as a sophomore.

“They just made me feel like home,” Neal told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

I just feel like it was the right place for me and I think they have a chance to be very good in the next few years.

Cullen Neal

Kennedy knew he needed to recruit a premier point guard for next season after losing star Stefan Moody to graduation. Moody led Ole Miss in scoring (23.6 points per game), which was also atop the Southeastern Conference last season.

Neal is coming in off a productive season for the Lobos, averaging 12.3 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.8 rebounds.

Former Rebel Terry Brutus looks for new home

Junior forward Terry Brutus is still weighing his options about where he will attend school next season, following his announcement he is transferring from Ole Miss. Brutus, who played in just two games during the 2014-15 season after recovering from foot and knee surgeries, has already taken a visit to Samford and will visit Manhattan this weekend.

Injuries hindered Brutus at Ole Miss, and he was not able to be a catalyst on the court for the Rebels. He played in seven games for the Rebels in the 2015-16 season. Because he graduates in May, Brutus may transfer to any school he wishes.

About The Author

Courtney Smith

Courtney is from Memphis and received his Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Memphis in May of 2014. He began his journalism career covering the Memphis Tigers Men's basketball team, which landed him an intern position on 730 Yahoo Sports Radio and a position with A freelance writer for the Associated Press, Courtney is also a member of The Rebel Walk team and reports regularly on Ole Miss football and basketball. Courtney, the father of a six-year old girl named Soniyah, prefers to cover NCAA basketball and football, but is happy to report on any other sport that comes his way.

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