SG Cullen Neal headed west

Junior guard Cullen Neal Albuquerque, N.M./Eldorado H.S.) gave St. Mary's a verbal commitment on Monday night, The Albuquerque Journal is reporting.

The 6-foot-4 son of New Mexico assistant Craig Neal chose the Gaels over offers from Arizona State, Oregon State, Tulane, San Francisco and San Diego.

"They're a top-20 program, they went to the Sweet 16 two years ago, and I'm gonna play right away, and playing right away was a big deal for me," Neal told the paper.

Neal is averaging 27.4 points per game for Eldorado this season. He is the first recruit for St. Mary's from the 2013 class.