23 - Neal Zumwalt
|High School:||Lincoln HS '03|
|College:||Northeastern JC, Colo.|
2005-06: Was chosen as the team's most inspirational player. He averaged 9.0 minutes off the bench, and 19 of his 21 field goals made were three-pointers. He made all three of his trey attempts to finish with a season-high nine points against Boise State (12/29/05). Junior College: Zumwalt played two seasons at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo., where for a time in the 2004-05 season he ranked second in the National Junior College Athletic Association in three-point field goal accuracy. He finished his sophomore season averaging 9.3 points per game while making 73-of-139 three-point attempts for 52.5 percent. Zumwalt ranked 10th nationally in three-point shooting, but at one point in the season was making 56 percent to rank second in the NJCAA. During a four-game stretch in late January and early February, he averaged 20.0 points while making 74 percent of his three-point shots (20-of-27) and 67 percent from the field overall (26-of-39). Included were a pair of 24-point games, including one against Casper when he sank 8-of-10 treys. He started 19 of 36 games, and added 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He made 48.2 percent of his field goals overall and sank 80.0 percent of his free throws (48-of-60). He scored in double figures 13 times, with at least 20 on three occasions. He also had five games in which he made at least five three-pointers. Northeastern finished the season 28-9, and won the NJCAA Region IX title with a 21-6 mark in conference games. Included were four-straight victories in the Region IX Tournament hosted by NJC. The Plainsmen went on to the NJCAA Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., where they lost to College of Southern Idaho 72-56, beat Arizona Western 80-73 and were eliminated 78-76 by North Dakota State College of Science. Zumwalt averaged 13 points per game in the national tournament, including 19 in the victory over No. 1 ranked Arizona Western. As a freshman in 2003-04, Zumwalt started eight of the 29 games he played. He averaged six points and three rebounds per game while making 43.0 percent of his three-point attempts and 86 percent of his free throws. He scored a season-high of 14 points five times. His head coach at Northeastern was Brian Joyce. High School: Graduated from Lincoln High School in Portland, Ore., in 2003. As a senior, he was named the Portland Tribune Player of the Year, and played in the Northwest Shootout All-Star Game. He was also selected to the all-tournament team at the 2002 Iolani Prep Classic in Hawaii, and was his team's MVP. He was nominated for Gatorade State Player of the Year honors. Zumwalt averaged 20.6 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as a senior. He led Lincoln to a 20-5 record and to the State 4A Tournament where his team was eliminated with a 59-52 loss to Southridge in double-overtime. He scored 22 points with five three-pointers to earn player of the game honors. Personal: Born May 12, 1985, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Business marketing major. Son of Charles and Renae Zumwalt. Has two brothers (Noah, 28; and Ben, 16). Nicknames are "The Cable Guy" and "Nino."