Commitment decision soon for McNeal

Commitment decision soon for McNeal

2015 point guard participated in WKU's Elite Camp over the June 29 weekend. Will he be the first commitment in their upcoming recruiting class?

With over 40 reported offers extended to prospects, Western Kentucky is still seeking their first commitment in their 2015 recruiting class.

But it looks like that could be about to change.

South Side HS (Tenn.) point guard Chris McNeal is down to a final three of WKU, Middle Tennessee State, and Cleveland State, after holding double-digit Division 1 offers.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound guard attended WKU's Elite Camp last weekend, where he said they played games, ran through drills, saw parts of campus and more.

"I liked it a lot," McNeal said. "It was my first time seeing it.

"We got to stay in the dorms and all that, it was nice."

After running through drills Saturday morning, the campers played a game where players are split into groups, each unit playing on their own goal.

First player to 8 from each goal wins their group, then all the winners come together for a final championship-type round.

The victor of the final is declared "King of the Hill"—and this year's winner, unsurprisingly, was McNeal himself.

At the conclusion of camp, the 2015 guard said he talked with WKU head coach Ray Harper for roughly 10 minutes one-on-one before heading out.

Did Harper put any pressure on him to commit?

"In a way, he (Harper) did," McNeal said. "They know they're my finalist right now.

"Coach (Shawn) Forrest asked me how soon I was making my decision, I told him in the next few days. Coach Harper really likes me and thinks they need a point guard."

In addition to his final three, McNeal held earlier offers from Ole Miss, Southern Miss (when Donnie Tyndall was still head coach,) UMass, South Alabama and Toledo, among others.

He plans to have his decision already made by July 9--the start of the July evaluation period--alleviating the pressure to play perfect during the sometimes make-or-break recruiting month.

"My AAU coach wanted me to make the decision on Monday (July 7) or Tuesday (July 8), before we head out for our games," the point guard said. "But I might make it as soon as Saturday."

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