Durann Neil has spent the last four years - minus a few injuries - playing Division I basketball for Longwood University.

But the fifth-year senior guard is stepping away from the court, even with a year of eligibility remaining.

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Neil, a Pleasantville resident and Atlantic City native, wants to focus his energy on his education. He was recently accepted into Florida Coastal Law School and is waiting to hear back from other law schools.

"I decided to step away from the team because I wanted to really focus on my future," Neil said. "My education is something I take very serious and felt as though this was the best decision regarding my future career."

Neil interned this summer with Atlantic City Chief Prosecutor Jonathan Diego, which really inspired him to chase his dream.

"I believe that I will be able to affect many lives in my Law career while using what I learned on the basketball court and in my four years of playing basketball at Longwood," Neil added.

Neil started four of five games this season, averaging 5.8 points and 2.6 assists.


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