Cashius McNeilly is a Terp.
McNeilly, the former Texas A&M guard who surrendered over the weekend, committed to Maryland on Sunday night. He is eligible to play from next season and has three years of eligibility left.
McNeilly, a 6-foot-4 guard from Canada, was scheduled for December but had to postpone. McNeilly, a 6-foot-4, 191-pound shooter, was the No. 81 player on the 247Sports Rankings in the Class of 2019. He was considered the top shooter on Texas A&M’s roster, but he took a medical red shirt as a freshman and withdrew from last season due to COVID-19. Then he elected to transfer to TCU with teammate Emmanuel Stewart, but opted out of the program and moved on to college instead.
All commitments made by current Maryland staff are, of course, subject to change if Danny Manning doesn’t get the job. But that didn’t stop Manning and his assistants Greg Manning Jr. and matt brady to work hard to recruit. They began working on McNeilly late last year, with Manning Jr. — no relation to Manning — serving as a fulcrum in his recruiting.
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Maryland watched him Monday in a 22-point performance in which he shot 5-for-8 from three points. Originally from Canada, Maryland seriously recruited him out of high school, but he chose to join his uncle Jamie McNeilly, assistant to head coach Buzz Williams at Texas A&M. He also followed Jamie McNeilly to TCU, but quietly left the program.
McNeilly averaged 10.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists and shot 50% from three points for Canada at the last FIBA U17 World Cup in Argentina. He also helped Team Canada win the bronze medal at the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup. He won the MVP title in the Under Armor Next 2016 game in Brooklyn.
“I told him after Christmas that I had made the decision that he was going to wear a red shirt,” Williams said during McNeilly’s freshman year at Texas A&M. “He follows a different plan every day than our players and he’s been really good. I think we’re into the second full week of that now and he’s been great.
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