THIS SEASON: Rory O'Neil, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound senior center in 2005, is one of the most versatile big men in the Pac-10 and is USC's leading returning shot blocker and three-point percentage shooter. He can play center, power forward or small forward and will once again play a prominent role for the Trojans.
CAREER: Sixth on USC's career blocked shot chart with 102 ... Needs 335 points to join USC's 1,000-point club.
2003-2004: Averaged 8.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game, starting 19 of 28 games as a 2004 junior center ... He had a team-best 43 blocks, (his 1.54 average was fourth in the Pac-10), had 16 in the last six games and his 36.0% three-point percentage led the team ... In fact, O'Neil was the only Pac-10 player to lead his team in both blocks and three-point percentage (with a minimum of more than 10 blocks) ... Scored season-high 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting against Cal State Fullerton ... Had 16 points and career highs of six blocks, 12 rebounds (tied) and four three-pointers against Cal ... Had 14 points and three blocks against No. 1 Stanford ... Had three three-pointers en route to 18 points against Oregon State ... Hit two free throws with 13 seconds left to give USC a three-point lead at Fresno State, one it maintained for a win ... Posted team highs in points (15) and rebounds (eight) at Western Michigan in 39 minutes ... Had 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting against UNLV.
2002-2003: Started 25 of 29 games as a sophomore center in 2003 and averaged 10.1 points per game, third-best on the team ... Led the team in blocked shots (1.3, fifth in the Pac-10) and was fourth in rebounding (4.9) ... Scored in double figures 17 times and had four double-doubles ... Averaged 14.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in the Pac-10 Tournament, earning All-Tournament honors ... Also named a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention selection with a 3.01 GPA in mathematics ... His 38 blocks were the most ever by a USC sophomore ... Scored career-high 22 points against Cal State Fullerton, making 9-of-10 field goals (including two treys) ... Scored 19 points at California (and played the entire game for the first time in his career) and had 17 points against Stanford and Oregon, both in the Pac-10 Tournament ... Posted first career double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against UC Riverside ... Duplicated the feat against Oregon (12 points, 12 rebounds), Stanford (11 points, 10 rebounds) and in the Pac-10 final against Oregon (17 points, 11 rebounds) ... Attended the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in August before the season.
2001-2002: Started three of 32 games as a 2002 freshman center, averaging 4.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game. His 21 blocks were second best on the team ... Set a career high with 14 points on 7-of-9 shooting against Stanford to go with two blocks in 24 minutes ... Had his second-best scoring effort of the year at Stanford with 12 points and three rebounds. Both were in the regular season ... Played a career-high 28 minutes and scored 10 points for his fifth double-digit scoring output of the year against Oregon at home ... Tied his career high with four blocks against Arizona State at the Sports Arena to go with six points and three boards ... Had 11 points and three steals vs. Washington State at the Forum ... Made his first collegiate start against UCSB, scoring eight points and blocking two shots in 23 minutes. He was 4-of-7 from the floor ... Made his second start at Bradley, blocking four shots to go with eight rebounds and four points in 20 minutes ... Played 23 minutes off the bench at Fresno State, including all 20 minutes of the second half, and scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was 5-of-8 from the field.
HIGH SCHOOL: O'Neil was a Street & Smith's preseason All-American high honorable mention selection, a Student Sports Senior All-American fourth teamer and All-CIF Division III first team pick as a 2001 senior at Burroughs High in Ridgecrest, Calif. ... Averaged 25.1 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game ... Was the 2001 Desert Sky League Player of the Year and was named the sixth-best prep center in the country by ESPN.com ... Was ranked as the eighth-best prep center in the nation by FOXSports.com and among the top 20 prep post players by Athlon Sports.
As a junior, he averaged 19.7 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.6 blocks per game and shot 60.6% from the field as a junior in 1999-2000 ... Earned All-CIF Division II-A first team honors. SIDELIGHTS: O'Neil was born on Oct. 12, 1982 ... He is majoring in mathematics and is scheduled to graduate in the spring ... His father, Scott, has a degree in mechanical engineering from USC ... His mother, Ruth, played tennis at San Diego State ... Though he played only basketball in high school, O'Neil was a talented youth baseball player who pitched and played right field.
O'NEIL ON: Growing up in a small town (Ridgecrest, Calif.): "I love it there. It's a great place to grow up. It goes along with my personality. It's a small town, quiet. I'd live in Ridgecrest again."
OTHERS ON O'NEIL: (Burroughs Coach Robert Campbell): "He'll get a rebound and beat people down the floor - that's how quick he is. He shoots the ball well. He's very fluid. He has great footwork. He can pass out of the high post."
(Scott Wolf, Los Angeles Daily News): "He's a gifted student and a self-described bookworm with aspirations of becoming a mathematician ... He has distinguished himself on and off the court ... O'Neil is seen as one of USC's best NBA prospects."