BLOOMINGTON — Alex O'Neill showed interest in Illinois Wesleyan as a senior at Peoria Christian High School, and IWU basketball coach Ron Rose was certainly interested in O'Neill.
In his third year out of Peoria Christian, O'Neill and the Titans have joined forces.
O'Neill has transferred to IWU and will be with the Titans on Oct. 15 when practice for the upcoming season begins. He has three years of eligibility remaining.
"Coach Rose probably recruited me the hardest of any coach in high school," O'Neill said. "(It's nice) being close to home. The coaching staff are great guys and have been nothing but welcoming."
The 6-foot-8, 230-pound O'Neill originally enrolled at Creighton as a preferred walk-on but did not see action for the Bluejays. Several of O'Neill's family members, including parents Joe and Janet, attended Creighton.
O'Neill then transferred to Division II St. Cloud State where he played in 28 games and averaged 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds last season.
"It just wasn't the right fit," said O'Neill.
O'Neill averaged 13.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a high school senior.
"First and foremost, my post game," said O'Neill when asked for his strengths, "but also being versatile and playing different positions."
O'Neill addresses a need for the Titans, who lost their top two rebounders (Trevor Seibring and Alec Bausch) to graduation.
Rose said he is not permitted to make a public statement concerning O'Neill because of pending university paperwork.