New coach John Brannen had wasted little time revamping the Cincinnati roster since taking over the program from the departed Mick Cronin in May. McNeal is one of four tranfers to sign with the Bearcats during the offseason, joining Chris Vogt (Northern Kentucky), Jay Sorolla (Valparaiso) and Jaevin Cumberland (Oakland). Incredibly, Cincinnati will represent McNeal's fifth stop of his college career after stints at Western Kentucky, Indian Hills Community College, New Mexico and Tennessee Tech. McNeal sat out his lone season at Tennessee Tech due to NCAA transfer rules, but since he left the program with his undergraduate degree, he'll be eligible immediately for the Bearcats. During his last season at the Division I level in 2017-18 with New Mexico, McNeal started in 19 of 34 games and averaged 9.5 points, 2.7 assists, 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 triples in 24.5 minutes. Expect him to contend for the starting job at point guard after the Bearcats lost Justin Jenifer and Cane Broome to graduation and Logan Johnson to the transfer portal.