Royce O’Neale’s time at Baylor is over, but his career isn’t by a long shot. O’Neale is preparing for his first professional season as a member of MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of the German Basketball League.
During his prep days, O’Neale lead Harker Heights to the Class 5A Regional Quarterfinals as a senior in 2010-11.
O’Neale went on to play two seasons at Denver University before transferring to Baylor and averaged 10.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 43.8 percent from the 3-point line as a senior.
O’Neale took part in the Las Vegas Summer League as a Boston Celtic and that led to his opportunity to play in Germany. O’Neale was a volunteer coach at the First Annual Cory Jefferson Basketball Camp and talked with the Harker Heights Herald’s Albert Alvarado.
Does it feel good to have some down time after your hectic spring and summer?
It feels good just to get a break. Doing all of that travel and playing, it was fun while it lasted, but it gets tiring. Especially moving from place to place, but I’m glad to be back, settled and looking forward to what’s next.
Have you ever felt this welcome coming into the Killeen High gym?
(Laughing) No, usually if I come into this gym it’s for business, but today is different. It’s business, but it’s still fun.
What was the summer league experience like?
I made the most of it. Growing up watching it over the years, seeing all of the great NBA players playing in it and just having my opportunity to play was something I’m grateful for.
Do you think it will be difficult to adjust to playing in Germany and are you confident it’ll lead to another chance in the NBA?
Yeah, it’ll be different, it’ll be a change, but I’m looking forward to it. You just got to find that one person to like you, then you’re good.