Jermaine Gregory O'Neal (born October 13, 1978) is an American retired professional basketball player.The 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m), 255 lb (115 kg) forward–center had a successful high school career and declared his eligibility for the 1996 NBA draft straight out of high school.O'Neal's final NBA season was the 2013–14 season, which he spent with the Golden State Warriors.
things changed when he grew five inches over the next year and a half, and he was inspired to develop into a defensive powerhouse like his idol, Bill Russell.
Glymph built his team's defense around O'Neal, and Eau Claire featured one of the most imposing frontcourts around.
The DA eventually did not prosecute O'Neal, but as the latter struggled to cope with the pressure on and off the court, Glymph stepped in, introducing discipline to his life and keeping his feet to the ground.
At the same time, O'Neal's mother had met a new man, Abraham Kennedy, who also guided O'Neal along.
Thus, O'Neal was not given meaningful minutes in the early part of the campaign, although he showed glimpses of his potential with occasional double double performances when he returned from an early-season injury.
In the playoffs, Dunleavy opted to go with a more youthful lineup: before the trade deadline, he had acquired point guard Damon Stoudamire, as well as forwards Carlos Rogers and Walt Williams.He scored poorly on the SATs, and Glymph advised against him making the leap to the NBA.But it was only a year before that another South Carolinian—future NBA All-Star Kevin Garnett—had made a seamless transition from high school to the NBA, and O'Neal thought he could emulate Garnett.O'Neal found his love for athletics at a young age.Tall and quick, he enjoyed both American football and basketball, but basketball was his favorite sport.In his senior season at Eau Claire, O'Neal's averages of 22.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game ensured that he was voted First Team All-State, South Carolina's Player of the Year and "Mr. Named to USA Today's All-USA Basketball Team, he earned a spot in the Mc Donald's All-American Game as well.