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McNeil Looks To Become Go-To Guy on Offense This Season

Back in July, West Virginia guard Sean McNeil decided to ditch the 2021 NBA draft and return to WVU for his senior season. According to mock drafts, McNeil was not expected to get drafted this year and ultimately made the choice to return for another year in West Virginia.

What advice did McNeil get from the NBA scouts?

“I heard from a good amount of teams, more than I thought, I talked to some good people and I got a lot of good feedback,” McNeil said. “I honestly didn’t expect to get that much feedback and that positive feedback. One of the things that they said was to kinda be able to create your own shot off the bounce.”

In the 2020 season, McNeil shot 39.7 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from three-point range and 85.7 percent from the free-throw line. McNeil averaged 12.2 points and started 23-of-29 contests.

In West Virginia’s final game of the 2020 season against Syracuse, McNeil hit 7-of-13 three-point attempts.

WVU will still have a lot of offensive power this year with the return of McNeil and Taz Sherman. McNeil had five 20-point games in the past season.

McNeil’s return is good for the Mountaineer’s chance of making noise in the Big 12. McNeil and Sherman will both be starting this season. With the loss of Miles McBride, there’s still some question as to what head coach Bob Huggins’ plan will be this season.

“The hard thing is having both of them on the floor [McNeil and Sherman]. That’s my biggest fear. You’d kind of like to have one of them to be able to come off the bench and make shots for you but they both obviously deserve to start,” Huggins said.

McNeil explained what he has done to become more dominant late in the game, something that McBride handled last season.

“Over the summer I focused a lot in on creating off the bounce. We relied a lot on Deuce [McBride] last year to make plays and do that sort of thing late clock, now this year I know that me and Taz kind of have that responsibility to late shot clock or whatever it may be,” McNeil said.

McNeil will look to begin his senior season with the Mountaineers, when they welcome Oakland to the WVU Coliseum on Nov. 9. Coverage will be on ESPN+, starting at 7 p.m.

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