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Huggins Announces First Spring Signing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 17, 2019) – West Virginia University men’s basketball coach Bob Huggins has announced that Sean McNeil has signed a grant-in-aid for the 2019-20 academic year.

McNeil, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, from Union, Kentucky, is wrapping up his freshman year at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, playing for coach Jeff Price. He will have three years of eligibility remaining at West Virginia.

McNeil led the nation in scoring, averaging 29.7 points per contest as well as leading the nation with 4.3 3-point field goals made per game. He earned National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II First Team All-America honors.

“Sean gives us another physical guard who is a tremendous 3-point shooter,” Huggins said. “He brings a physical mentality to the guard position, while also giving us an outstanding rebounder in the backcourt.”

The Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) Player and Freshman of the Year made 6.4 free throws per game (second in the nation) and finished with an 87.6 percent mark from the free throw line (sixth in the nation), while collecting six OCCAC Player of the Week honors and was named the NJCAA National Player of the Week (Feb. 18-24, 2019).

McNeil shot 49.5 percent from the field and 43.1 percent from 3-point range, while averaging 6.1 rebounds per contest. He had 30 or more points in a game 15 times last season.

His 55-point performance against Bryant & Stratton set a Sinclair single game scoring record. During the season, he scored 40 or more points six times. McNeil set school records for points in a season (921), 3-pointers in a season (132) and points per game (29.7, single season and career record).

A 2017 graduate of Cooper High School, McNeil was second all-time in career points (1,265) and in the top five in eight other categories, including first in scoring average (15.6) and rebounding average (5.9). He led Cooper High to a state runner-up finish his senior season. As a senior, McNeil averaged 17 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He played for coach Tim Sullivan.

McNeil joins Oscar Tshiebwe (Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo/Kennedy HS [Hermitage, Pennsylvania]) and Miles McBride (Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller HS) in this year’s recruiting class.


Press Release Credit: WVU Athletics Communications

Photo Credit: Shanna Rose, BGS

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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