Former Cardinal played seven years in the NBA

by Gary Adornato

Varsity Sports Network has confirmed from multiple sources that Gary Neal, a former star basketball player at Calvert Hall College who went on to play seven seasons in the NBA with six different teams, has been named the Cardinals’ new varsity basketball coach and was introduced to the team on Tuesday.

Neal, who served last season as a Graduate Manager with the Towson University men’s basketball team, under head coach Pat Skerry, succeeds Jason Hasson who did not have his contract renewed after three seasons as the Cardinals’ coach.

Neal began his high school career at Aberdeen High in Harford County and led the Eagles to a Class 2A state championship in 2000. He scored 21 points, including the game winning shot, in Aberdeen’s 50-48 win over Gwynn Park in the state final. He transferred to Calvert Hall for his final two years and was a 2nd-Team All-Metro selection as a senior in 2002.

He began his college career at La Salle University where he was the 2002-2003 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and scored 1,041 points over two seasons. He transferred to Towson University prior to the 2005-2006 season where he completed his final two years of college eligibility, scoring 1,254 points over two seasons, becoming one of only three players to score more than 1,000 points at two different Division I schools. He was ranked in the top five in the nation in scoring in each of his two seasons with the Tigers and set single-season school records with 93 three-point field goals and 267 total field goals. He was Towson’s 2007 Male Athlete of the Year and a 1st-Team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a senior.

He was not drafted in the 2007 NBA Draft so he began his professional career in Turkey where he led the Turkish League in scoring. He later played in Spain and Italy and continue to rack up awards and scoring titles. In 2010, he parlayed an opportunity to play in the NBA Summer League into a contract with the San Antonio Spurs, with whom he earned a spot on the 2011 NBA All-Rookie Team. He also played with the Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Bobcats, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks.

In 2018, Neal returned to Spain for one final professional season and he once again led the league in scoring, earning 1st-Team All-Liga ACB honors.

In 2019, Neal was inducted into Towson University’s Athletic Hall of Fame and recently he completed a Master’s degree in Education at Towson. In addition to serving as Calvert Hall’s varsity basketball coach, he will join the school’s faculty.