Post by Kenya Brown
October 4, 2013
The Zhejiang Chouzhou Golden Bulls have completed their foreign import signings for the upcoming 2013/14 CBA season by signing former Utah Jazz guard Jerel McNeal.
The deal comes on the heels of the team signing power forward Ivan Johnson earlier in September.
McNeal is remembered for his time at Marquette University where he was named the Big East’s Defensive Player of the Year during the 2006/07 college basketball season. He was also to the Big East’s All-First Team and the Associated Press’ All-American second team in the 2008/09 season.
The Chicago, Illinois native went undrafted in the 2009 NBA Draft and spent that time trying out for various teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers, the Sacramento Kings and the Chicago Bulls. He would then bounce between teams in the NBA Developmental League and Europe, playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Bakersfield Jam, Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belgium and Sutor Basket Montegranaro in Italy.
McNeal would finally get his shot in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets in 2011, signing a 10-day contract. He then went on to sign with the Utah Jazz in March 2013.
He was waived by the Western Conference side on September 25, 2013.
The 26-year-old guard is a scorer as he averaged 20.6 points a game during his time with the Vipers in the NBA D-League, and should be a good replacement for former Golden Bull Quincy Douby. However, fans of the team should not count on seeing another 75-point game in the upcoming season, which is the all-time single game record Douby set last season.