Royce Khalil O'Neale (born June 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Denver Pioneers and the Baylor Bears.

Royce O'Neale
Royce O'Neale Utah (cropped).jpg
No. 23 – Utah Jazz
PositionSmall forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1993-06-05) June 5, 1993 (age 26)
Killeen, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight226 lb (103 kg)
Career information
High schoolHarker Heights
(Harker Heights, Texas)
College
NBA draft2015 / Undrafted
Playing career2015–present
Career history
2015–2016Riesen Ludwigsburg
2016–2017Gran Canaria
2017–presentUtah Jazz
2017Salt Lake City Stars
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

O'Neale, a small forward from Killeen, Texas, was recruited to the University of Denver out of Harker Heights High School. He played two seasons for the University of Denver Pioneers, including an all-WAC season in 2012-13, before transferring to Baylor in 2013.[1] Because he transferred to be closer to his family and ailing grandfather, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) granted him a waiver to transfer rules, making him immediately eligible to play for the Bears instead of sitting out the customary year.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Following the close of his college career, O'Neale was not selected in the 2015 NBA draft. He played his first professional season in Germany for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg, where he averaged 8.1 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. After playing for the Golden State Warriors' Summer League team in 2016, he signed with Spanish club Herbalife Gran Canaria for the 2016–17 season.[3] On June 25, 2017, O'Neale signed with Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas.[4]

NBAEdit

After playing for the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Summer League, he was signed to the team for the 2017–18 season due to the exception left in the contract with Žalgiris Kaunas.[5] O'Neale made his NBA debut on October 21, 2017, playing a single minute in their 96–87 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder. [6] On February 14, 2018, he scored a career-high 19 points in a home game against the Phoenix Suns. [7]

After the game on November 12th, 2019 against the Brooklyn Nets, O’Neale traded jerseys with former Baylor Bears teammate Taurean Prince.

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Utah 69 4 16.7 .423 .356 .803 3.4 1.4 .5 .2 5.0
2018–19 Utah 82 16 20.4 .475 .386 .762 3.5 1.5 .7 .3 5.2
Career 151 20 18.7 .451 .374 .788 3.5 1.5 .6 .3 5.1

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018 Utah 11 5 23.5 .500 .357 .632 3.5 1.4 .9 .4 7.1
2019 Utah 5 0 27.4 .467 .348 .750 4.6 1.6 .4 .4 10.6
Career 16 5 24.8 .485 .353 .652 3.8 1.4 .8 .4 8.2

NBA G LeagueEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Salt Lake City 1 1 37.0 .235 .111 1.000 5.0 3.0 1.0 .0 11.0
Career 1 1 37.0 .235 .111 1.000 5.0 3.0 1.0 .0 11.0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Moss, Irv (May 13, 2013). "Royce O'Neale leaving DU Pioneers basketball to be closer to family, headed to Baylor". Denver Post. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  2. ^ Goodman, Jeff (October 31, 2013). "Royce O'Neale granted waiver". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  3. ^ Carchia, E. (July 26, 2016). "Royce O'Neale inks with Gran Canaria". Sportando.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "Zalgiris Kaunas signs Royce O'Neale to a 1+1 contract". Sportando.com. June 25, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jazz Sign Royce O'Neale". NBA.com. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  6. ^ http://www.nba.com/games/20171021/OKCUTA#/matchup
  7. ^ http://www.nba.com/games/20180214/PHXUTA#/matchup

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