As a high school junior, Justin Neely scored 60 points, grabbed 25 rebounds and dished 11 assists in a triple-overtime win.
His top memory of that game?
“Just that I had to figure out a way to win,” Neely said Friday during a phone interview. “That’s really all I remember. Just going hard.”
Neely, 18, said he plans to bring such an attitude and approach to the UAlbany men’s basketball program. Neely recently committed to play for the Great Danes, and signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this week to join head coach Dwayne Killings’ program.
Neely is the sixth new commit to the program since Killings’ hire, and Neely — a 6-foot-5, 215-pound perimeter player — echoed them in that his expectation for the Great Danes is to compete right away for an America East Conference championship.
“That’s what I want to do,” Neely said. “We’re all going to be focused. We all have the same goal.”
A native of Miami, Neely started his high school career at Miami Senior High School before heading to West Oaks Academy in Orlando, Florida, for his senior year.
“Coach ‘DK,’ he was recruiting me when he was at Marquette, so I’ve had conversations with him for a while now,” Neely said.
Killings was hired at UAlbany in mid-March after spending the last few seasons at Marquette. Neely said the UAlbany coaching staff kept in constant contact with him in the last month.
“I felt like they were all-in on me,” Neely said.
Neely is the second high school commit for Killings. Previously, Ny-Mire Little, a guard from Pennsylvania, committed to the Great Danes. UAlbany’s four other commits this offseason have been transfers, including three graduate transfers.