If you haven’t quite dived into the talent pool in the class of 2024 for North Carolina, one player that you will want to quickly learn about is 2024 6’5 Paul McNeil from Richmond Senior high school. 

Why is that?

This kid is simply special and it can be easily seen once you watch him on the court.  McNeil has taken huge steps and elevated his game over the last year or so to now put him in the discussion as one of the top players in the state for his class.  In our most recent viewing during the live period, McNeil was off the charts. 

Our very own, Patrick O’Brien, had this to say about McNeil’s game after his performance in Rock Hill from that event:

“McNeil is special… it is easy to see when you truly sit down to watch his game. He has terrific size and a skill set to match, making him a tough matchup for any opponent. He showed all throughout the event his ability to impact the game and is showing he has that takeover ability (showed it on Day 3 with 37 points). McNeil’s feel is special, showing that he is more than just a perimeter game; he brings more of an assertive feel, gets downhill, and finishes with great body control, while on top of his ability to rise up over defenders and knock down shots from all levels. He also does a tremendous job using his size in rebounding and blocking shots, while also turning it into transition. It is easy to see why schools are already coming hard his way.”

The young man is just that… special. And that is why schools aren’t wasting any time in making him a target for the future.  McNeil recently announced that he had earned his first offer from Tennessee, while Western Carolina wasn’t far behind with an offer themselves.  In talking with McNeil recently, NC State is one program that has been showing strong interest his way and he has plans on visiting the program some time down the road.  He also mentioned Florida State has shown interest also.

Furthermore, in speaking with Coach Pettigrew from Richmond Senior HS, schools like Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona State, UCLA, and Clemson have been reaching out about McNeil as well.