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The Neal's: Texas' NEXT Set of Star Twins
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (10:00 AM CT, Tue October 9, 2012)
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Dallas, TX (Future150) -- Now that the recruitment of superstar Texas twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison is over with their commitment to the University of Kentucky, and the hype behind the two is starting to die down, another set of talented twins in the Lone Star State is beginning to emerge from the shadows.

What the city of Houston had with the Harrisons, the city of Dallas has with Derrick and Erick Neal of Lincoln High School. The 5'9" point guards are an absolutely lethal combo in the backcourt, and have proved to be two of the most underrated prospects in the junior class on a national level.

Like the Harrison twins, the Neal's plan on playing together at the next level together, which is dangerous for their opponents, because it is evident that they play much better when they are on the same team. 

As of right now, they only have one scholarship offer, and that is from Texas-Arlington. 

However, according to Derrick, "Texas A&M, Northern Colorado, and Nebraska" have shown interest in the duo.

Future150 expects their scholarship situation to soon take off, especially after the two dominated the Future150 Dallas camp with their lightning quick speed, elite ball-handling, impressive court vision, and long distance shooting.

What they lack in height, they make up for in heart, and they are extremelly competitive floor general's who love to play physical.

When I asked Derrick about a few "dream schools" that he wishes would show interest, he was quick to rattle off "Texas, Duke, Baylor, and Kansas."

One thing that makes the twins so dangerous when playing together is the respect that they have for one another.

"My brother's game is hard to stop because he's fast, he can shoot, he can dribble, and he also always makes sure to get his teammates involved," Derrick told me.

Another aspect of their game that sets them apart from other point guards at the high school level is the confidence they play with. They always play under control and with the belief that they are the best players in the gym, which many times they are.

When I asked Erick if he thought that him and Derrick were two of the best point guard's in America, he responded "Yes I do."

Now that their crucial junior seasons have begun, they have started off doing what they do best, proving doubters wrong. They are dominating on the football field at Lincoln right now, while taking a weekend to attend our camp and win co-MVP honors

Next, they will use their junior seasons on the hardwood to help showcase their skills and land more offers from high major schools. 

When I asked Erick if the thought that Aaron and Andrew Harrison's star power in the state took attention from them, he was short and to the point. 

"Not really. They are great ball players with good size. They do them and we do us, but they are motivation to me."

With the skills and confidence Derrick and Erick already possess, the last thing they need is more motivation. 

There is a new dynamic duo in Texas, and they are ready for their time in the national spotlight. 


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