Lester Neal inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame

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    Lester Neal inducted into the CCCMBCA Hall of Fame

    VC's Neal headed to CCCMBCA Hall of Fame


    Ventura College alumnus and current assistant coach Lester Neal '91 is headed to another Hall of Fame. The 2008 inductee into the VC Athletics Hall of Fame will be inducted into the California Community College Men's Basketball Hall of Fame next month in activities associated with the CCCAA State Championships being held in Ventura March 14, 16-17. 2019 CCCMBCA Hall of Fame Class will be enshrined on Thursday, Mar. 14 at 9:00 am at Courtyard by Marriott Oxnard/Ventura.

    Neal came to Ventura College from Dunbar High School in Chicago, IL. Playing for coach Phil Mathews with the Pirates in 1989-90 and 1990-91, Neal was a force to be reckoned with, earning All-Western State Conference and All-State honors for two seasons. He also was named the WSC Most Valuable Player as a sophomore and was also named a Junior College All-American. In 1991, Neal led the Pirates to a 30-5 record and to the regional finals of the CCCAA State Playoffs. He set the Pirates' rebounding record that stands to this day, and was inducted into the VC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

    Coach Neal transferred to Arizona State University, leading the Sun Devils in rebounding for two years, setting the pace for the Pac-10 Conference as a senior. His 484 rebounds is fourth-most by a two-year player in Sun Devil history, as is his 8.2 boards per game average. He was the first recipient of the Lester Neal Warrior Award, an honor created by his coaches for someone who demonstrated leadership, discipline and a strong work ethic.

    Coach Neal spent ten years playing professionally in Europe, Asia and South America. Upon completion of his playing career, he returned to the Phoenix area and began working as a mentor and life coach with inner city youth in addition to spending time with Native American children on Arizona's Indian reservations.


    Props to Big Les !!!

    Watching the live feed on his facebook page.

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