Cullen Neal, who announced he was leaving New Mexico after allegedly receiving death threats, told ESPN on Wednesday that he will indeed transfer to Ole Miss. The guard, who is entering his junior season, has already graduated from New Mexico and will be immediately eligible to play in Oxford.
Neal averaged 12 points in just over 30 minutes per game as a sophomore, but his shooting percentages (35 percentage) and high number of turnovers (3.3 per game) were apparently too much for some Lobos fans to take. Neal's father Craig Neal, who is the Lobos head coach, spoke to local media about death threats made against his son.
With Stefan Moody gone, there's been some concern that Ole Miss won't have anyone that can score next season. Neal, even if only by nature of a willingness to shoot, can put points up. He scored 21 points against Auburn as a sophomore and has good height for the point guard position (6'5).
It also allows Ole Miss to keep Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey coming off the bench, something that suits him well at the moment. Since DFD is a fantastic defensive player but not a polished offensive threat by any means, it's not ideal for him to start at the moment. His presence with the second unit though should be very helpful to the team.