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Minnesota’s 3FGA/FGA Percentage to Rise Significantly in 2013-14

August 5, 2013
Minnesota’s 3FGA/FGA Percentage to Rise Significantly in 2013-14

We expect the Gophers will attempt 3-point field goals more often during 2013-14 than in any season over the past decade. The two primary reasons for this expectation are: (1) Minnesota’s 3FGA/FGA percentage has historically been low and (2) the team’s roster will rely heavily on players who often utilize the 3-pointer. Those reasons sound simple, but it’s important to differentiate the real reasons from a basic “it’s because of Coach Pitino” argument.
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Recruiting: 2013 Daquein McNeil to Minnesota

April 16, 2013
Recruiting: 2013 Daquein McNeil [Minnesota]
[April 17, 2013 Update – 8:52 AM – McNeil has committed to play for the Gophers]

[April 24, 2013 Update {Fact Check} – the University of Minnesota issued this release on April 23. Minor nits, but (a) the U says McNeil signed an NLI but he is unable to do so if he had signed one with FIU – he likely signed financial aid papers; (b) the U says at the time he committed to FIU he had offers from  Louisville, Oklahoma, Richmond, Rutgers, VCU, UAB and Washington. We believe his offers at that time were limited to Richmond, UAB, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island]

Former Norfolk State head coach Anthony Evans was formally announced as Florida International’s replacement for Richard Pitino today. Evans and FIU will have to do without the services of 2013 guard Daquein McNeil who has requested a release from his NLI with the school.

In the very near future we should know if McNeil will join Pitino at Minnesota for the 2013-14 season.

McNeil is a 6’3″ guard who is aggressive scoring the ball and should be able to defend multiple positions. A bit of a streaky shooter, “Day Day” is from Baltimore but went to Vermont Academy for the last three years. This season he was named to the NEPSAC All-Class AA Second Team.

Going back two and three years ago the high major interest in McNeil was substantial and he was being tracked by the likes of Marquette and Louisville. Over time the interest fell and when he committed to FIU last fall (his only official visit) we believe all of his other offers were from mid-majors such as Richmond and Rhode Island.

Nonetheless, Pitino’s preferred style of play appears to fit McNeil quite well and he was a guy that looked like a potential steal for FIU.

Daquein played AAU with Balitmore Elite and he enjoyed a solid season in the EYBL last summer. Alongside a legit deep threat in Kameron Williams (a 2013 Ohio State commit who went 58/121 3FG for 47.9% in regular season EYBL games… keep an eye out for him in Columbus), McNeil averaged 12.4 points in 24.5 minutes during the regular season. He is also a capable rebounder who grabbed 4.8 boards per game.

We’re not sure how well or consistently McNeil will be able to shoot from the perimeter, but he’s a player capable of creating his own offense. How efficiently he’ll be able to score is up for debate, but between his nose for the net and aggressiveness on the court there is a good amount of potential with this young man.

Below are selected EYBL regular season stats from 2012-13 for Daquein McNeil.

Mins Points Rebs Ast TO Stl
Averages 24.5 12.4 4.8 2.1 1.9 1.3
eFG% 2FG% 3FG% FT%
Shooting 45.8% 46.3% 27.3% 56.3%

 Notes: 3FGA/M: 6/22; FTA/M: 54/96; OR-DR: 27-68.

Other Suggested Reading: Q&A: Richard Pitino’s Contract with Minnesota from April 16, 2013.
From GopherHole.com: Extensive Q&A: Vermont Academy HC on Daquein McNeil, by Chris Monter

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