Remember Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef? This spring, Shaq went on and on about how much he’d like his son to play for John Calipari at Kentucky, but the four-star power forward committed to Arizona instead. Now, because of Arizona’s involvement in the FBI investigation of bribery in college basketball, Kentucky may be back in the picture.
247 Sports’ Andrew Slater predicts that O’Neal will flip his commitment from Arizona to Kentucky and that he will join his friend Bol Bol on an official visit to Lexington next weekend for Big Blue Madness.
“There are rumors that [O’Neal] is likely to decommit from Arizona, given the events of last week,” Slater said. “He’s likely to visit Kentucky on the 13th with his AAU teammate and friendÂ Bol Bol. O’Neal’s father is reportedly a big fan of coach [John] Calipari.”
|Power Forward||6-8 | 205 lbs.||Santa Monica, CA||Crossroads/Cal Supreme|
|ESPN: 24 | 9 PF||Top 247: 44 | 11 PF||Rivals: 27||Scout: 45 | 11 PF|
O’Neal averaged 13.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game for California Supreme alongside Bol. He’s considered the ninth best power forward and the 33rd overall player in the 2018 class by 247 Sports Composite. He doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but if he comes to town next weekend with Bol, that could change very quickly.
It sure would make his father happy: