With a simple caption under an Instagram post, Amirah O’Neal, daughter of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, announced her decision to commit to Texas Southern University.
“I see the doubt in they faces, they didn’t think I would make it,” Amirah wrote on Instagram.
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The 19-year-old stands 6-foot-1-inch and averaged 17.2 points per game during the 2018-2019 basketball season according to Louisiana State University. Amirah is also a two-time All-state honoree and also earned honors at the 2019 MaxPreps California All-State Girls Team.
Amirah will be under the direction of head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, considered one of the greatest women basketball players of all time. Under Cooper-Dyke, the Texas Southern University women’s basketball team finished 20-10 during the 2019-2020 season and was headed to the SWAC championships before COVID-19 hit.
Amirah is joining a roster of new athletes choosing to amplify HBCUs. She will be joining her younger brother, Shaqir O’Neal, who announced his decision to play for TSU earlier this year.
Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal continues to play for LSU while the youngest O’Neal, Me’arah is getting offers from Division 1 schools.
We can only hope this trend in athletes joining HBCUs continues until it is the norm. Congrats Amirah, welcome to the TSU family!