Colavecchia on Neely: "I have known Matt since he was 13 years old and I hope that this season is that year that he can look back on as a senior and say it was all worthwhile. I just hope that the players and the coaching staff realize the sacrifices that Matt has made to our program by coming to U of L. And I am just hoping that this is the season whereby he can live to remember."
As a Junior: Started in all 19 games for the Cardinals...Named second team All-Conference USA...Was named Co-Most Valuable Player by his teammates...Finished the season with five shots and one assists...Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll...Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
As a Sophomore: Started in all 21 games for the Cardinals...Named third team All-Conference USA...Named to the UK Invitational All-Tournament team...Finished the season with 12 shots...Dished out one assist in the Cards' win over Xavier...Named team Defensive MVP voted on by his teammates...Named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll...Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
As a Freshman: Started in all 22 games for the Cardinals...Named to the Conference USA All-Tournament Team...Named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team...Finished the season with 18 shots and one goal...Dished out one assist against IPFW...Named to the Seelbach-Hilton Cardinal Classic All-Tournament team.
In High School: Lettered four seasons for New Albany High School...Earned second team all-state honors his junior and senior years...Named team captain his senior season...Helped guide them to a 14-4-1 record and the conference championship his senior year...Named MVP his junior and senior seasons...Led the team in goals scored his junior and senior years.
Personal: Parents are Greg and Vicki Neely...Major is business...Born 4/9/84...Father played basketball at Louisville from 1968-71.