Wagswoofs – Jermaine O’Neal, the former Indiana Pacers center, must have felt overwhelming joy as he heard his daughter’s name being announced during the Pro Volleyball Federation Draft.
He didn’t have to wait for long before he heard it.
Asjia O’Neal, a middle blocker, was chosen as the top overall pick in the draft by the Columbus Fury.
congrats to Jermaine O’Neal’s daughter, Asjia, on being drafted No. 1 overall in the Pro Volleyball Federation Draft 👏 pic.twitter.com/BeeYSuTLaG
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) December 12, 2023
According to the Pro Volleyball Federation, O’Neal, a former volleyball standout at the University of Texas, holds the Longhorns’ career record for total blocks with 594 and has achieved over 900 career kills.
Here is additional information about the eligibility criteria for this year’s draft:
To be eligible for the draft, a player must be at least 18 years old on the day of the draft and be considered a college player. It is not mandatory for players to declare for the draft, and those who are drafted have the option to return to college if they still have remaining eligibility and choose not to sign with their Pro Volleyball Federation team.
O’Neal’s exceptional performance on the volleyball court has earned her recognition as a First-Team All-American by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. She currently leads the nation with an impressive average of 1.62 blocks per set and has achieved a career-high total of 157 blocks. Additionally, O’Neal has showcased her attacking skills with 184 kills this season. It comes as no surprise that she has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on four separate occasions, thanks to her remarkable statistics.
O’Neal’s celebration of the announcement is cut short as she prepares for the NCAA Volleyball Final Four in Tampa, Florida. She and her No. 2 Longhorns will face off against No. 1 Wisconsin in one of the national semifinals on Thursday night. The other semifinal matchup will showcase No. 1 Nebraska against No. 1 Pittsburgh.
In 2022, the Longhorns emerged as the national champions after defeating Louisville in the highly anticipated National Championship.