An NJCAA All-American and University of Kansas standout, Timeka O’Neal is in her third seasons as assistant women’s basketball coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College.
In that capacity, O’Neal has many responsibilities including breaking down films of opponents, preparing scouting reports, monitoring player academic progress throughout the year, recruiting and working one-on-one on individual skill improvement. “A huge asset for our program, Timeka is tremendous at breaking down film on opponents and preparing our players on what they can expect each game,” says head coach Joe McKinstry.
“And having played at the community college level and been in the same shoes as these young ladies is extremely advantageous for our program. She had a great two-year career and was able to earn a scholarship to a major basketball program. It’s important for the members of our program to have someone who has been through what they’re going through, someone they can trust and help guide them. Timeka does a terrific job of that; we’re fortunate to have her.”
O’Neal was named to the NJCAA All-American third team as a sophomore at Johnson County Community College in 2014 and then continued her collegiate career at Kansas where she finished second on the Jayhawks’ all-time list of most accurate 3-point shooters. Netting 42 of 117 3-point attempts for 35.9.percent in 28 games during the 2016-17 season, she also finished fourth in the Big 12 and was a Big 12 Player of the Week. She graduated with a BA in Communications.
In her two seasons as a starter at JCCC, O’Neal led the Lady Cavaliers to a 60-4 record and two Jayhawk Conference championships. She finished her Cavalier career ranked seventh on JCCC’s assist chart (284), fourth in free throw percentage (.796), 11th in 3-point goals (105) and 26th in scoring (695). In double figures 37 times, she averaged 11.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.6 assists in her two-year career.
An All-Region and All-Jayhawk first team selection as a sophomore, O’Neal earned WBCA All-American honorable mention in addition to being named an NJCAA All-American. Averaging 5.1 assists and 11.7 points, the Cavaliers were 30-2 and ranked No. 2 in the final NJCAA poll.
A 2012 graduate of Raytown High School, O’Neal was the Player of the Year in the Suburban Mid Seven Conference as a senior and a four-time all-conference selection. Averaging in double figures in scoring all four years, she averaged 20 points as a senior and was selected to play in the MO-KAN All-Star Challenge. A U.S. Army academic award winner, she helped lead Raytown to four conference championships and was a three-time All-District selection.