Darius McNeill, the first of five Cal basketball players to enter the NCAA’s transfer portal, is the first to announce his new home.
McNeill, a sophomore shooting guard, announced via Twitter that he has accepted a scholarship offer from SMU.
“To the Cal Fans & to my Friends: you guys have been absolutely awesome during my 2 years on campus,” he wrote on Twitter. “My experiences on campus have been nothing short of amazing! You guys are the best?
“Thank you to the Cal Coaching Staff for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to grow as a basketball player. To my Cal teammates: I’ve enjoyed every second grinding on the court, bonding, and getting better with you guys!
“Coach Fox is a great coach and I believe he is going to change the mindset and the culture of the Cal men’s basketball program. I will always be a Cal Bear.”
McNeill said his major reason for transferring to SMU is to be closer to his family.
McNeill averaged 11.0 points for the Bears this past season after scoring 11.3 points per game the previous season as a freshman. McNeill, who is from Houston, started 58 of 63 games his two years at Cal.
McNeill played point guard in 2017-18 when then-coach Wyking Jones had no other options, then moved to shooting guard this season. He made 133 3-point baskets his two seasons, converting 35 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
The four other Cal players who have entered the transfer portal to potentially exit Cal are forwards Justice Sueing and Roman Davis, center Connor Vanover and guard Juhwan Harris-Dyson.
Meanwhile, former Cal assistant coach David Grace announced via Facebook that he will join new Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse as an associate head coach. Grace worked one season under Jones at Cal after previously coaching at UCLA under Steve Alford.