Denver's Royce O'Neale named WAC basketball player of the week

Andrew Fielding-US PRESSWIRE

The sophomore posted the fourth double-double of his collegiate career on Saturday.

Sophomore forward Royce O'Neale of the Denver Pioneers was named the Western Athletic Conference's basketball player of the week on Monday, two days after he recorded a double-double against Nebraska-Omaha.

O'Neale tallied three double-doubles in his freshman season, but earned his first of the season on Saturday in an 82-47 victory with 17 points and 10 rebounds. He also added four assists and a steal, while hitting 7-of-9 shots including successfully hitting his only three-point attempt.

The Pioneers snapped a four-game skid on Dec. 5 against the Mercer Bears before hosting Nebraska-Omaha more than a week later. Through eight games, Denver has posted a 3-5 record with O'Neale leading the team in both points and rebounds.

Denver has just two more non-conference games on the schedule before it begins WAC play on Dec. 29 with a trip to play Louisiana Tech. The Pioneers travel to play the Wyoming Cowboys on Tuesday night.

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