MACON, Ga. – FGCU’s Derrick O’Neil contributed everywhere possible in leading the Eagles to a pair of victories last week and for his efforts, he won his first Player of the Week award, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
O’Neil, a junior business management major from Moreno Valley, Calif., left his greatest imprint in the Eagles’ 72-68 win against Campbell for their first conference win of the season. He netted 16 points, grabbed nine rebounds, handed out five assists and picked up five steals and three blocks at the defensive end: He became just the 10th player in Division I this year to record a game with at least 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Among those 10 single-game performances, only O’Neil also registered more than single block. He followed that performance with 14 points, seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and a blocked shot in a 65-46 win against Johnson & Wales, giving him two games of at least 14 points, seven rebounds and five assists; no one else in the league has recorded more than one game achieving those numbers. For three games last week, he averaged 12.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 blocks.
O’Neil has averaged 13.6 points per game in his last eight games and collected 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in those contests. He has collected at least six rebounds in seven straight games and has five games with multiple assists and steals.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.