College - Georgia Tech '88
Craig Neal is in his third season as an assistant coach with the Raptors and his seventh campaign overall with the franchise. Before moving to the bench for the 2000-01 season, he spent the previous four years as a scout for the team, focusing in the southeast region. With the Raptors, Neal works with the younger players on individual skill development in addition to preparing the team with some advance scouting duties.
His diverse basketball background has been a great asset to the team. Neal played eight professional seasons in the NBA, CBA and Europe, beginning in Portland when he was a third-round draft pick of the Blazers in 1988. He followed with stops in Miami and Denver, including a stint with the Heat in their inaugural season. In 63 career games, Neal averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 assists.
Following his NBA career, Neal played for four seasons in the CBA with stops in Rapid City, Columbus, Omaha and Fort Wayne, participating in three league championship series. In his last two seasons with Fort Wayne, Neal served as a player/assistant coach with the Fury. His playing career ended with one year of pro basketball in Germany.
A four-year standout at Georgia Tech, Neal was named to the All-ACC team in his senior season in 1987-88 and set the conference record for most assists in one season with 303. He also holds the Tech record with 19 assists in one game. Neal graduated in 1988 with a degree in industrial management.
Neal, 38, and his wife, Janet, have two children, Cullen and Dalton.