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REPORT: Shooter Sean McNeil Likely to Return to WVU

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With the deadline to withdraw from the NBA quickly approaching, it appears the final undecided West Virginia player has made a decision. Jon Rothstein of CBSSports reported Saturday that WVU senior guard Sean McNeil is expected to withdraw his name from the NBA Draft before the July 7 deadline and return to WVU for next season.

McNeil is the final of WVU’s four players who put their names into the draft to come to a decision. Miles “Deuce” McBride and Derek Culver will turn pro, while McNeil and fellow guard Taz Sherman will return to Morgantown. McNeil entered his name into the draft process in March but has received little national attention since.

A former junior college transfer, McNeil blossomed into a deadly 3-point shooter during his second season as a Mountaineer. He averaged 12.2 points per game this season while shooting 40.9% from the floor and 38.8% from 3-point range.

He scored more than 20 points in a game four times last season, including a career-high 26 points against Texas Tech on Feb. 9. His best shooting performance came in the final game of the season when he made 7-of-13 3-points in WVU’s NCAA Tournament loss to Syracuse.

McNeil’s return gives WVU six guards on its roster for next season. There will be four seniors; McNeil, Sherman, Kedrian Johnson and Old Dominion transfer Malik Curry and two freshmen; Kobe Johnson and Seth Wilson.

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Cody spent the last two years getting his master's degree in journalism from WVU. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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