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New Mexico Basketball: Cullen Neal to transfer to Ole Miss

Neal will play for an SEC program next year.

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Cullen Neal saga has finally come to an end in New Mexico as Neal has told Jeff Goodman of ESPN that in intends to finish his college career at the University of Mississippi. The Rebels head coach Andy  Kennedy was one of the coaches  that responded to Lobos head coach Craig Neal.

Kennedy told Neal that he wanted the younger Neal to play for him. Cullen and his mom made a visit to Oxford Mississippi at the end of March. He also visited Texas A&m and was scheduled to make a trip to Ohio State but Cullen felt at home in Oxnard and they was enough to get him to commit.

"They just made me feel like home," Neal told ESPN. "I just felt like it was the right place for me -- and I think they have a chance to be really good in the next few years."

Cullen who will graduate this spring will have two years of eligibility left and will immediately compete for the Rebels starting point guard job. The Rebels who lost their top two guards this need were in need of back court help and found it in Neal.

Cullen who averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game last season in 30 minutes per game played through a lot of adversity so he should play a lot better out of the shadow of his dad.

It's a satisfying out come for a play that was often told he should not be on a division one roster as he will now take a step up in competition in the SEC confrence.