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: