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#21 Zaire O'Neil

Zaire O'Neil - Women's Basketball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Height 5-11
Birthdate 12/13/1995
Hometown Newark, N.J.
Last School Malcolm X Shabazz
Year Senior
Zaire O'Neil - Women's Basketball - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

2016-17 (Junior): Saw action in all 37 games this season, starting in 26 … ACC Player of the Week Jan. 6 … #ncaaW Starting Five pick week of Jan. 8 … Led team in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game … Efficient shooter, connecting on 50.0 percent (187-370) from the field … Finished second on the team in rebounding, averaging 5.7 rebounds per game … Scored in double-figures 24 times, including seven games of 20-plus points … Recorded three double-doubles on the season … Capped the season with a 21-point performance against Michigan (4/1) in the title game of the WNIT … Posted double-double against WSU (3/29) of 20 pts and 16 rebounds to advance the Jackets to the WNIT title game … Contributed 15 points in Tech’s WNIT win over Alabama (3/26) to clinch a spot in the semifinals … Added 14 points against MTSU (3/23) in the WNIT, all scored in the second half … Posted 12 points in both games of the ACC Tournament … Scored 14 points against Pittsburgh (2/19) … Contributed 16 points at North Carolina (2/16) … Had streak of scoring 20-plus points in three games straight … Set new career-high in second straight game, pouring in 28 points against NC State (2/9) on 10-of-16 shooting … Tied career-high at the free throw line, going 8-of-10 against the Wolfpack … Posted 25 points against Virginia Tech (2/5) on 9-of-16 shooting for second straight game with 20+ points … Matched then-career-high of 24 points at Virginia (2/2) going 12-of-20 from the field … Notched first double-double of the season with career-high 14 rebounds against the Cavaliers … Pitched in a team-high 19 points at Clemson (1/29) … Contributed 12 points against No. 6 Florida State (1/26) … Scored 22 points at Wake Forest (1/22) on 11-of-14 shooting … Had second straight game in double-figures scoring 13 points against No. 24 Syracuse (1/15) … Had second straight game in double-figures scoring 13 points against No. 24 Syracuse (1/15) … Posted 12 points and eight rebounds in win at Boston College (1/12).

2015-16 (Sophomore): Played in 24 games, making one start … Averaged 6.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 14.2 minutes … Missed first nine games recovering from knee injury that sidelined her toward end of 2014-15 season … Scored in double figures four times … Made season debut vs. Samford (Dec. 13) … Scored six points in eight minutes … Chipped in 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with five boards in 10 minutes vs. North Carolina (Jan. 14) … Added 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting in season-high 24 minutes at Clemson (Jan. 24) … Pulled down season-high six rebounds twice – at Virginia Tech (Feb. 4) and at Pitt (Feb. 25) … Added 12 points in 19 minutes vs. Clemson (Feb. 14) … Scored season-high 16 points with six rebounds in 19 minutes at Pitt (Feb. 25) … Scored five points in each of Tech’s two WNIT games vs. Mercer (March 17) and Tulane (March 21).

2014-15 (True Freshman): 
Played in 31 games, starting 21 … Averaged 11.3 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 assists per game … Led team with 36 blocks, averaging 1.2 blocks per game, which was 12th in ACC … Her 11.3 points per game finished 29th in league … Averaged 3.2 offensive rebounds per game, which was eighth in ACC … Averaged 10.9 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game during conference games … Missed two WNIT games because of torn ACL … Scored in double figures in 22 games … Recorded five double-doubles … Scored in double figures in 11 conference games … Scored at least 20 points in three games … Had double figure scoring streak that spanned from at Notre Dame (Jan. 22) to vs. Notre Dame (Feb. 19) and included eight games … Had 10 games with at least three assists … Recorded first career double-double, leading Yellow Jackets in both points, 24, and rebounds, 13, vs. Central Arkansas (Dec. 14) … Scored 20 points vs. Louisiana Tech (Dec. 30) … Scored 15 points, had two blocks at Boston College (Jan. 8) and scored game-winning layup with 1:08 left … Recorded second career double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds at Virginia (Jan. 25) … Had double-double vs. Virginia Tech (Feb. 1) with 15 points and 10 rebounds … Had five blocks vs. Syracuse (Feb. 8) while scoring 10 points … Notched fourth double-double (17 pts, 11 reb.) while recording career-high six blocks vs. NC State (Feb. 12) … Led Tech at Miami (Feb. 15) with 13 points and had five blocks … Led Tech with 20 points and six rebounds vs. No. 4 Notre Dame (Feb. 19) … At ACC Tournament, scored 10 points vs. Clemson (March 4) and recorded double-double vs. North Carolina (March 5) with team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Prep: Was ranked as No. 12 recruit in ELITE Prospect’s top 100 players for Class of 2014 and No. 5 forward in country … Tabbed as 10th best forward in nation by ESPN Hoopgurlz and was ranked as 39th overall … Earned five-stars and scout’s grade of 97 from web site as well … Checked in at No. 49 by Blue Star Basketball Report … Helped Shabazz win second consecutive NJSIAA/ShopRite Tournament of Champions title by scoring team-high 28 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and recording four blocked shots in 2014 … Was ranked No. 1 in New Jersey in Star-Ledger Top 20 and No. 4 team in nation by USA Today Super 25 rankings … Had 19 points and eight rebounds in NJSIAA/ShopRite Group 1 tournament final, helping Shabazz win seventh straight group title … Won Essex County Title, SEC Conference and state title all four years of high school with Shabazz … As senior, named MVP of Mecca Tournament and was honored on All-Tournament team of West Coast Jamboree and the Essex County tournament … Finished career at Shabazz more than 1,600 career points, 1,000 career rebounds, 250 blocks and 200 assists … As junior, averaged 14.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game as junior for Bulldogs and led them to 33-1 record … Had large part in helping Shabazz win NJSIAA Group Two State Title and aided squad to Tournament of Champions title … Shabazz finished 2012-13 season at No. 1 in Top 15 power rankings and ranked as preseason #2 team … As a junior, named First Team All-MSG Varsity New Jersey selection and was honored as Essex City Player of the Year for 2013 … As sophomore and a junior, was All-State selection … Also named All-County in 2012 and Freshman of the Year in 2011 … As sophomore, she was Second Team All-MSG Varsity New Jersey selection.

Personal: Born December 13, 1995 in Newark, N.J … Daughter of Toinette and late Joseph O’Neil … Mother, Toinette O’Neil, played basketball at Montclair State and Norfolk State (1985-86) … Father, Joseph O’Neil, played basketball at St. Francis (1983-87) and played overseas in Barcelona … Brother, Calvin O’Neil, played basketball at Middle Tennessee (2006-10) and in Iceland … Brother Zakee Boyd played for Wright State (2005-09) and in Puerto Rico and brother Carl “CJ” O’Neil played at the Berkley College (NJ) from 2010-14 … Also played tennis and threw shot put and discus on track and field team at Shabazz for all four years … Won City Tennis Championship in 2012 and was Group Two State Finalist in Discus in 2012 … President of senior class, member of National Honor Society and has been on Honor Roll every year … Was also member of National Honor Society for Science … Was on Bio Gio Chemistry Aquatic Team … Chose Georgia Tech because of academics, athletics, and family atmosphere … Lists most memorable athletic accomplishment as winning back-to-back Tournament of Champions titles.


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