Seattle native Malia O'Neal, The Seattle Times State Player of the Year last season at Garfield, was cleared to play for the Arizona women's...

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Seattle native Malia O’Neal, The Seattle Times State Player of the Year last season at Garfield, was cleared to play for the Arizona women’s basketball team by the NCAA Clearinghouse on Thursday.

The 5-foot-5 freshman guard could make the trip with the Wildcats (6-2) to College Park, Md., for a nonconference game at Maryland on Sunday, according a release put out by the school’s sports-information department.

“Malia could contribute right away,” said Arizona coach Joan Bonvicini in the Arizona media guide before the 2005-06 season. “She’s an excellent point guard, very smart.”

As a senior in 2005, O’Neal averaged 17.4 points, 8.2 assists and 6.2 steals as Garfield (26-1) captured the Class 4A state championship, the school’s first since 1987.

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O’Neal had been ineligible for Arizona until she met academic requirements. She has yet to play a game for the Wildcats.