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Shaq says on podcast he would like to see his son at Kentucky


On the latest edition of his The Big Podcast With Shaq, Shaquille O’Neal was asked by his co-host, John Kincade, if reports of him “steering” his son, Shareef O’Neal, toward Kentucky are true.

Shaq confirmed the reports, telling his listeners he wants to see Shareef, a four-star power forward, play for one of three coaches: LSU’s Johny Jones, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo or John Calipari.

“I’ve said that. 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. The reason why he trusted me with Dale Brown is because he knew Dale Brown could get me to that next level — not playing-wise or coaching-wise; discipline-wise. 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.”

O’Neal went on to say he’s not completely steering his son’s recruitment; he is simply letting his son¬†know what he thinks, which is what’s best for reaching the NBA. In the end it will be Shareef’s decision, he says.

O’Neal also said, “I don’t want him to go and play for a coach that’s not going to get him to the next level.” He wants someone to push him to go to class, to stay on him, and treat him like a man.

Listen around the 27:00 mark, below:

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

4 responses to “Shaq says on podcast he would like to see his son at Kentucky”

  1. nybrasky

    Nice charity mention for Johnny Jones.

  2. Alamo_Cats

    Nod to old school Sesame Street

    “One of these things is not like the others,
    One of these things just doesn’t belong,
    Can you tell which thing is not like the others
    By the time I finish my song?

    Did you guess which thing was not like the others?
    Did you guess which thing just doesn’t belong?
    If you guessed this one is not like the others,
    Then you’re absolutely…right!”

  3. Mathlete

    John Calipari – legendary Hall of Fame coach with a proven track record of success

    Tom Izzo – legendary Hall of Fame coach with a proven track record of success

    Johnny Jones – failed to motivate the prospective #1 draft pick enough to propel his team to the NCAA tournament or to even get up for class in the spring semester

  4. somerset bill

    jones izno calipari