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TCU's O'Neal makes history with jersey honor

3/5/2010

TCU has announced that Dick O'Neal will be the first men's basketball player in school history to have his jersey honored. He wore three different numbers during his tenure, so the jersey number isn't retired.

The ceremony will take place at halftime of BYU-TCU game on Saturday at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, which starts at 5 p.m.

O’Neal, a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection, became the first and only three-time All-American in the 98-year history of the TCU men’s basketball program while redefining the low post play during the 1950s.

Part of the TCU release:

Playing during an era in which varsity play was allowed beginning with a player’s sophomore season, O’Neal enjoyed his greatest success during his first varsity campaign where he averaged 28.2 points per game, which ranked fourth among all NCAA Division I players that season.

O’Neal followed up a stellar sophomore campaign by averaging 24.7 and 18.9 points per game, respectively, during his junior and senior seasons. The former TCU standout concluded his career by averaging 23.9 points per game, which is a record that still stands to this day.

A second round selection in the 1957 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, O’Neal is ranked fourth on the program’s all-time scoring list with 1,723 points and sixth in rebounds with 790 boards.