Knights Honor 2011 Graduate in NBA

HHHS graduate Royce O'Neale honored for NBA career
By: Todd Martin
Harker Heights High School honored 2011 graduate Royce O’Neale, a basketball star currently in his fifth season with the Utah Jazz of the NBA.
Harker Heights basketball coach Celneque Bobbitt praised O’Neale’s work ethic and continued support of the school’s program.
O’Neale walked into the school gym between lines of Knights players and sat with family members as Bobbitt, Principal Jorge Soldevila and Athletic Coordinator Jerry Edwards welcomed the guest of honor back home.
The NBA player and his high school coach unveiled a framed display of O’Neale’s original Knights jersey for the school’s hall of fame. A new banner bearing his picture wearing his 00 jersey hangs in the gym rafters.
O’Neale praised his family, former teammates and school leaders and urged current Knights players to give their all in the classroom as well as the athletic arena.
Prior to the Knights’ Friday game against the Temple Wildcats, the coach recalled O’Neale’s days in high school, where he first played on the freshmen and JV teams, before moving to the varsity as a junior.
In his senior season, O’Neale led the Knights to a 28-6 record and the Class 5A regional quarterfinals. He also finished the season averaging double figures in points (16.7) and rebounds (10.4).
Bobbitt pointed out his former star’s commitment to working hard, that pays off today as he excels on defense and battling for steals and rebounds among the world’s greatest basketball stars.
Upon high school graduation, O’Neale continued as a student and basketball player at the University of Denver, then transferred to Baylor University, where he was on the Dean’s List.
He played professionally in Spain and Germany before signing a contract with the NBA’s Utah Jazz for the 2018 season. He is currently in his fifth season with the team.