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McNeil was Close to Giving Up on Basketball, Life Comes Full Circle Versus Bellarmine

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With Bellarmine coming into Morgantown, on Tuesday, this will be a familiar opponent for WVU guard Sean McNeil.

McNeil committed to Bellarmine University, down in Louisville, Kentucky, his senior year of high school. The Knights were a Division-II school at the time, but now are competing in their second year as a Division-I program.

The Kentucky native took place in camps throughout the summer leading up to his freshman year but when practice and school started, McNeil didn’t feel like himself.

After his second day of classes, McNeil talked to current Bellarmine head coach Scott Davenport and the two agreed that he should go home and think about it.

This is where the thoughts and doubts of continuing to play basketball set in for McNeil.

McNeil ended up officially leaving Bellarmine a few weeks later.

“It was a lot of different things,” McNeil told the Final Fourcast podcast. “I just wasn’t playing well in open gyms, I was getting frustrated. I was thinking if I could really play here [Bellarmine].”

During his time off basketball, he got the drive to get back into the game and started to work out again, which led him making his Junior College journey at Sinclair CC, and then to West Virginia.

Now, McNeil’s life comes full circle, as West Virginia will host Bellarmine.

“I think he might go off [on Tuesday],” WVU guard Taz Sherman said. “I just have a feeling.”

We don’t know what McNeil is feeling about this game on Tuesday against his former coach and school but it could just be another game for the 6-foot-3 guard. Only time will tell.

McNeil and the Mountaineers will host Bellarmine on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., inside the WVU Coliseum. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN+.

(Top Photo: Kelsie LeRose / WVSN)

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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