15 Brian Neller
15 - Brian Neller
Height: 6-4
Weight: 195
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Red Bank, N.J.
High School: Christian Brothers Academy
Position: G

Accolades: Named America East Conference Rookie of the Week on Dec. 28, 2009.   

Notes:  Became the 11th player in school history to convert 100 3-point field goals in a career at VMI on Nov. 19... He finished third in America East in 3-pointers made per game (2.7) and 17th in scoring average (11.4)... Has moved into sixth place on UMBC’s all-time list for 3-point field goals with 170... Led the team in minutes played in 2011-12 with 920… Tied Terence Ward’s mark of 81 3-point field goals in a season, which is the second-highest mark in school history… Set the mark for most 3-point attempts (263) in a single campaign. 


2011-12:  Led UMBC with 13 points at St. John’s on Nov. 13... Hit three of his first four treys in the first half vs. the Red Storm... Erupted for career highs in 3-point field goals (7) and points (27) vs. Loyola on Nov. 17... His seven treys in a game is tied for the fourth-most with seven other players in school history (three players have hit eight in a game)... The last time a Retriever hit seven was when Ray Barbosa connected for seven at Maine on Feb. 28, 2008... Set a UMBC single game record with 18 3-point field goals attempted (5 made, 19 points) vs. Rider on Dec. 17... Corralled a career-best seven rebounds (5-2-7) in that contest... Hit go-ahead 3-point field goal with 31 seconds to play in 82-76 America East opening win at UNH (Jan. 2)... Scored 12 of 16 points in second half in Jan. 19 win over Binghamton. .. Hit at least one 3-point field goal in 18 consecutive games until an 0-for-5 performance at Boston U. on Jan. 24... Misfired on 13 consecutive 3-point attempts before burying 3-of-4 late in the game at Albany on Feb. 1... Surpassed the 600-point plateau at Canisius on Feb. 18…Hit five treys at Vermont on Feb. 25, his first game with five since Jan. 2... In his first two seasons, 89 of his 105 field goals were treys (84.8%); in 2011-12, it is 81-of-118 (68.6%) and an even lower percentage (67.2%, 39 of 58) in league games.


2010-11: Hit one shot from behind the arc in a nine-minute stint vs. VMI on Nov. 14... Broke out of a shooting slump by hitting 4-of-11 from long distance in a 14-point performance at Duquesne on Nov. 27... Tied with Chris De La Rosa for team-high scoring honors... Netted three of seven trey attempts at U.Conn on Dec. 3... Converted on three-of-eight from behind the arc vs. Towson on Dec. 11... Banged home 3-of-5 from behind the arc,  including 3-of-4 in the second half at Morgan State on Dec. 18... Scored all 11 points in the second half at Binghamton on Jan. 12... Exploded for a career-high 24 points with a career-best six treys in 74-70 overtime win at Hartford on Jan. 20... It was the most 3-pt. field goals for a Retriever since Ray Barbosa hit seven at Maine on Feb. 28, 2008... Named UMBC’s America East Player of the Game... Had two total field goals (8) more than treys in a game (6) for just the second time in his first 48 career games (4/2 at Penn State, Dec. 8, 2009)... Earned his first career start at Stony Brook on Jan. 31... Scored 9 points on 3-of-12 shooting, setting a personal high for three-point attempts in a game... Earned Player of the Game honors vs. Binghamton on Feb. 3, with 21 points in a career-best 40 minutes... Corralled a career-high five rebounds vs. UNH on Feb. 12... UMBC was 2-0 (both in overtime) when he topped the 20-point plateau... Tied for team lead with 51 treys and was 26-of-67 (2.4 per game, 38.8%) from behind the arc in his last 11 outings of the season... Averaged 13.3 points per game in three contests vs. Binghamton in 2010-11, hitting 10-of-23 shots from behind the arc... Finished tied for tenth in America East play with 2.0 treys made per game.    


2009-10:  Averaged 4.3 points per game in 29 contests… Tied for second on the squad with 38 3-point field goals made… 38 of his 42 field goals made were from outside the arc… Nov. 15: Played 14 minutes in the season opener vs. Morgan State, scoring four points… Dec. 5: Led UMBC with 15 points at Toledo...His five 3-pt. field goals made (of 9) vs. the Rockets was the most for a Retriever last season and the most since Jay Greene hit five at Hartford on Feb. 14, 2009… Dec. 8: Followed up with 10 points and three steals in a 25-minute stint at Penn State… Dec. 22: Hit a trio of 3-pt. field goals at Virginia Tech… Jan. 16: Hit three of four from behind the arc, all in the final six minutes, in a valiant comeback attempt at Albany… Jan. 30: Scored in double figures for the first time in league play with 12 points (4-of-8 behind the arc)?in the 56-55 win at Maine… Feb. 24: Scored 11 points in 16 minutes in UMBC’s win at New Hampshire… The Retrievers were 2-0 in league play when Neller scored in double figures.


Background: Named to America East Academic Honor Roll for the 2010 spring semester… Earned Boys’ Player of the Year honors from the basketball coaches in the Shore Conference and from the media in The Asbury Park Press in 2008-09… Averaged 14.2 points per game for the Head Coach Geoff Billet’s Colts (26-3), who captured the Shore Conference Tournament title and the NJSIAA Non-Public South “A” sectional championship… Scored 19 points vs. national power St. Anthony’s… A Second-Team All-Monmouth County honoree in his senior campaign… Amassed 1,119 points and hit 178 three-point field goals in his three-year varsity career, including a season-best 69 in 2008-09… Selected UMBC because “the coaches at UMBC are great and I felt I would fit in well”… Has an older brother, Michael, and a younger brother, Kevin… Lists favorite professional team as the NBA’s New York Knicks… Enjoys the music of the Dave Matthews Band and going to the beach… Son of Elaine and Thomas Neller… Born Feb. 28, 1991.


 Year GP/GS FG/A Pct. 3-pt. FG/A Pct. FT/A Pct. Reb. Avg. PF/FO A TO Blk. Stl. Pts. Avg.
 2009-10 29/0 42/140 .300    38/122 .311  2/6 .333 4-19-23 0.8 22/0 11 15  2 10 124  4.3
 2010-11 30/8 63/194 .325    51/163 .313  7/8 .875 2-26-28 0.9 39/1 11 20  0 16 184  6.1
 2011-12 30/24 118/330 .358    81/263 .308 25/33 .758 9-56-65 2.2 37/0 32 30 2 25 342 11.4
 Totals 89/32 223/664 .336    170/548 .310  34/47 .723  15-101-116 1.3 98/1 54 65  4 51 650  7.3