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Jerel McNeal

  • Full Name: Jerel Landon McNeal
  • Position: Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 200
  • Birthdate: June 1, 1987
  • College: Marquette
2005-06 29 31 138 312 0.442 54 72 0.75 13 46 0.283 140 85 64 14 343 11.1
2006-07 29 29 154 369 0.417 88 129 0.682 30 96 0.313 138 109 76 16 426 14.7
2007-08 35 35 198 434 0.456 92 131 0.702 35 115 0.304 171 124 76 15 523 14.9
2008-09 35 35 236 534 0.442 135 183 0.738 86 216 0.398 159 137 71 21 693 19.8
Totals 130 130 726 1649 0.44 369 515 0.717 164 473 0.347 608 455 287 66 1985 15.3

Career Highlights:

Named Second Team All-America by The Associated Press as a senior. Also named to All-Big East First Team. Ranks first all-time at Marquette in points (1,985), steals (287) and games played (130). Became only the sixth player in school history to tally over 1,500 points and 500 rebounds. A two-time All-Big East Second Team selection. An All-Big East Freshman Team honoree. The 2006-07 Big East Defensive Player of the Year.

Senior (2008-09):

One of 24 players named as a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. Led the Golden Eagles in scoring (19.8 ppg), steals (71) and three-pointers made (86). Tabbed First Team All-America by and Second Team by The Sporting News. One of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior Class Award. Selected as USBWA District 5 Player of the Year. Named to the Naismith Trophy watch list. Finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy. Scored in double figures in 34 of 35 games, including 21 20-point performances. Scored a season-high 30 points in a loss to Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tallied 26 points and 11 assists against Georgetown. Scored 23 points and dished out seven assists against Villanova.

Junior (2007-08):

An All-Big East Second Team selection. Honored with Marquette's Most Valuable Player Award. Ranked 30th in the nation in steals per game (2.2). Finished among Big East leaders in scoring (14th, 14.9ppg), assists (14th, 3.54 apg) and steals (2nd, 2.17 spg). Led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from field and tallied four rebounds and three steals against IUPUI. Collected five steals while scoring 14 points against Wisconsin. Recorded a game-high 18 points as well as six rebounds, six assists and three steals against Coppin State. Shot 9-of-16 and made four three-point field goals en route to 28 points vs. Notre Dame. Scored nine of Marquette's 10 points in overtime and netted a career-high 30 points on 13-of-25 shooting, inlcuding four three-pointers and eight rebounds in an NCAA Tournament loss to Stanford.

Sophomore (2006-07):

An All-Big East Second Team selection. Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year. Set a CBE Classic record with six steals against Idaho State, a record he later tied against Duke. Had 19 points against Texas Tech and 17 against Duke and was named a member of the CBE Classic All-Tournament Team. Tallied seven steals against North Dakota State. Tallied 25 points and seven assists against Morgan State. Recorded 16 points and five steals against Syracuse. Scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists against West Virginia. Posted a 22-point, 10-assist double-double against Seton Hall, and also added seven rebounds and four steals. Recorded second double-double of his career, scoring 18 points and matching a career high with 12 rebounds against Providence.

Freshman (2005-06):

Named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Ranked second on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg) and third in scoring (11.1 ppg). Led Marquette with 64 steals, breaking the freshman record previously held by Doc Rivers. Tallied his first-career double-double against UConn (19 points, 12 rebounds). Tallied five steals and three blocks against Notre Dame.

Strengths: A quick-handed defender who can score in bunches. A great athlete who can run the floor and finish. An excellent passer.

Personal: The son of Edward and Merlyn McNeal. Has two older brothers, Jeremy and January. A communications studies major at Marquette.

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