Japhet McNeil, a 5-10, 155-pound point guard from Christ the King High School in New York, is a member of the class of 2003.
McNeil is a slinky point man with terrific vision and passing ability. McNeil, who sports a pair of shoulder length braids, is a capable ball-handler who showed an ability to loop the skip pass over opposing defenses for an open teammate and slip passes into the
post past helpless defenders.
McNeil showed an ability to score when he infiltrated defenses with dribble
penetration and pulled-up for a jumper. He is a streaky shooter. Japhet's biggest asset, however, are his crafty
passing skills and ability to zero in on the open man.
Rivals Hoops has seen McNeil zip passes past oblivious defenders to find the open man, a player who has very good court sense and a feel for where his teammates are on the floor. McNeil averaged 12 points and 8 rebounds last season as a sophomore as Christ the King's starting
McNeil has fielded early interest from UConn, Seton Hall, Iowa St., St. John's, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Virginia, West Virginia, and Purdue, among many others. He has no leader now. He is focusing on getting his academic requirements in order too. McNeil has an 80 average in the classroom. He just took the PSAT last week.