Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale will return to his alma mater Harker Heights High School tonight for a jersey retirement ceremony. The event will take place before their game against Temple High School, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. CT.
O’Neale led Harker Heights to a 28-6 record and the Texas 5A regional quarterfinals as a senior in 2010-11. He set school records by scoring in one game (39) and rebounding (21) while averaging 16.7 points and a season-long school record of 10.4 rebounds per game in his final season. as a knight. He also had 18 double-doubles and two triple-doubles in 2010-11.
The 28-year-old is in his fifth NBA season, averaging 7.3 career points on 48.8% shots and 40.3% on three, to go with 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists decisive and 1.4 steals in 31.5 minutes per game. This season, he ranks second on the team in total steals (53), third in rebounds (196) and fourth in assists (98).
O’Neale has played 332 games (192 starts) in five seasons with the Jazz, posting career averages of 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.1 minutes per game. He played 34 postseason games (23 starts) as a Jazzman, averaging 11.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 11 games last year. NBA Playoff.
The Killeen, Texas native has additional professional experience playing abroad from 2015 to 2017. He played for Gran Canaria in Spain in the 2016-17 season, averaging 8.3 points on 44.9% shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.6 minutes in 52 games (32 starts). He was the second-
highest-rated defenseman among all ACB small forwards, and also ranked second in rebounding percentage (16.3) and fifth in assist percentage (17.1). He started his professional career with MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of the German Bundesliga in 2015-16.
A four-year-old college player, O’Neale spent two seasons at the University of Denver (2011-13) before ending his college career at Baylor (2013-15). He averaged 10.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals as a senior and helped lead the Bears to the first-ever consecutive NCAA tournament.
appearances. He became the first player in program history to post more than 200 rebounds (205) and 100 assists (110) in a season in 2013-14.