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Shaq says again that he’d love for his son to play for Calipari


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It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaq, but last night, his famous dad was in Whitley County to speak at the University of the Cumberlands’ “Excellence in Leadership” series and answered a few questions about his son, a four-star power forward in the 2018 class. WKYT’s Garrett Wymer was at the event and asked Shaq what he thinks of Kentucky basketball after playing for LSU almost 30 years ago.

“I love — well, I can’t say I love UK,” Shaq said, laughing. “UK for me was always a tough place to play. It’s one of the schools on my son’s list. So, I don’t know where he’s going to go, but I’d love for him to play for a coach like Cal.

This isn’t the first time Shaq has said he wants his son to play for Calipari. Last June, Shareef told 247 Sports that his dad wants him to lean towards Kentucky, and on his podcast, Shaq said he feels that way because he sees the same potential in his son that his dad saw in him, which is why he wants him to be in the hands of a coach like Cal.

“The reason why Kentucky, because the potential my father saw in me, and him knowing that I was going to go to the next level, I definitely see it in Shareef,” Shaq said. “So I would like for my son to play for a coach that is going to teach him next level stuff. I have three in mind: Johnny Jones at LSU because I know him personally; Calipari; and the coach from Michigan State, Tom Izzo.”

Another reason Shaq might want Shareef in Kentucky blue? The Big Blue Nation, which Shaq said last night he’s always admired.

“The fans there were always great,” Shaq said. “I played there in 88, 89, 90. I’m sure in 2017, it’s more fabulous. But the guys are always getting the top recruits, always in the top 10, and it’s a great show. And when they beat UCLA, I thought they had a chance of going all the way.”

Curious what type of player Shareef O’Neal is? Check out his mixtape below:

You have to take Shaq’s son, right? The fact that he’s good at basketball will just be icing on top.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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8 responses to “Shaq says again that he’d love for his son to play for Calipari”

  1. CatesDuncan

    Well, He’s down to two coaches bc Johnny Jones was fired

  2. BlueGrass

    You take Shaq’s son regardless of anything. If he was 3 foot 5 and ranked 1000 in the country you still take him…on scholarship.

    1. BlueGrass

      With that said, Brad Calipari released a statement saying he didn’t support awarding him a scholarship. His only quote printed in the statement was “earned not given”

    2. poppycat

      So,why isn’t it done already?

  3. Bobbum Man

    I didn’t know rondo was shaqs son

  4. ClutchCargo

    With the hat and glasses, he could pass for Samuel L. Jackson’s kid.

  5. GroundControlToNumber9

    If he’s good enough then you recruit him.

    Parents can be a reason that you decide not to recruit a player (e.g., LaVar Ball, Alex Legion’s mom).

    But I don’t think they become a reason that you do recruit a player. It doesn’t matter, can be a distraction for the kid, and is part of the reason children of successful athletes rarely ever become great themselves.

  6. CatBlue in LR

    Is that picture from Whitley Co.? That’s quite an arena they’ve got there!