Cal has landed a commitment from 2017 3-star point guard Darius McNeill, who asked out of his LOI from Iowa State a few weeks back. McNeill played AAU basketball for Cal assistant coach Chris Walker back in Houston, TX and has decided that he wants to reunite with his former AAU coach. He will take a visit to the campus early next week.
At 6’3”, 170 pounds, McNeill projects to be the starting point guard for the Golden Bears next season as Boise State transfer Paris Austin will have to sit out for a year. He handles the ball well, has good court vision, and excels in transition, something Wyking Jones' system will be built on. He projects to be a good two-way player, capable of guarding both point guards and shooting guards.
Before initially committing to Iowa State, McNeill had several high majors offers from programs like Baylor, Cincinnati, LSU, and NC State. He participated in the 2016 Pangos All-American Camp and is a solid student, with a GPA in the 3.4 range. He fits the Cal profile both on and off the court, something that Chris Walker says he is looking for in potential recruits.
McNeill joins Deschon Winston, Austin McCullough, Grant Anticevich, Justice Sueing, and Juhwan Harris-Dyson as freshmen in the incoming 2017 class. He brings much needed depth to the point guard position and allows Cal to hone in on big men as they look to fill out the 2018 recruiting class with two open scholarships.
— Darius Mcneill ⛹🏽 (@Dboogie_1) June 22, 2017