So much for seeing Shaquille O’Neal in Rupp Arena in 2018-19.
Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, has committed to Arizona over several other offers and growing interest around college basketball. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward announced the news on Twitter via retweets from his AAU team’s account early Wednesday morning.
O’Neal had not yet earned his scholarship offer from Kentucky, but his old man has said many times in the past that he would like to see his son play for John Calipari in Lexington. He most recently said it while speaking at an event in Kentucky earlier this month, telling a crowd at the University of the Cumberlands, “I love — well, I can’t say I love UK… 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.”
Shareef is the No. 31 overall player and No. 13 power forward in the 247 Composite Rankings.