Where Are They Now: Jerel McNeal

Making a living as a professional basketball player outside the NBA can take you all over the world. Since leaving Marquette as the school’s all-time leading scorer, Jerel McNeal is well traveled.

McNeal graduated in 2009, then played with the Sacramento Kings’ summer league team and the Los Angeles Clippers that preseason. He played for the Chicago Bulls in the 2010 Summer League before heading to the NBA Developmental League’s Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

In 40 games, McNeal averaged 19.5 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.2 rebounds.

After an injury to Chris Paul, McNeal signed a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Hornets in March of 2011. He did not make an appearance while on the active roster and did not have his contract extended.

Then McNeal played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Belguim for one season. He averaged 15.3 points per game but was released after testing positive for marijuana.

McNeal played for Sutor Basket Montegranaro last season in Italy and was invited to the Toronto Raptors’ training camp for this season. If all goes well, McNeal will be the eighth Marquette player in the NBA this season.