Former TCU basketball great Dick O’Neal dies

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Former TCU basketball great Dick O’Neal died Wednesday at his home in Weatherford. O’Neal (1955-57), the only three-time All-American for the Horned Frogs, averaged 28.2 points per game his first season and finished with a career 23.9 scoring average, a school record. He was 78.

The cause of death has yet to be released. He is survived by his wife Gayle and three grown sons and daughter. O’Neal was a longtime orthodontist in Fort Worth before retiring. He was an active member of the TCU Letterman’s Board of Directors and served on the Alumni Association board.

“Dick O’Neal’s legend lives on to this day,” said John Denton, the TCU Frog Club’s director of major gifts and longtime radio color man. “TCU fans still talk about his accomplishments on the hardwood in the 50s like it was yesterday. That’s how big an icon he was for the program. News of his passing was a shock to me. Doc will be missed.”

O’Neal, a forward, was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1957 NBA draft. He ranks fourth all-time in scoring at TCU with 1,723 points and fourth with 790 rebounds, averaging 11 per game in his career. He has two of TCU’s top five scoring games, including 49 points against Rice in 1955 and 45 points against Austin College in 1954.

He was the first TCU men’s basketball player to have his jersey honored in March 2010

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