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Shaq’s baby boy commits to Arizona

IG: shareefoneal

IG: shareefoneal

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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15 responses to “Shaq’s baby boy commits to Arizona”

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    It would have been fun to hear Shaq comment on our games.

  2. TBW3011

    All you jealous punks can’t stop my dunks.

  3. Jonathan40330

    The young man is obviously talented, but one has to wonder how hard he was being recruited given that there are approximately ten other players ahead of him at the PF position. I can only assume the young man wanted to play for a top notch program that was recruiting him very actively, which is where Arizona came in and gained the commitment.

    1. Sentient Third Eye

      #31 in the class is nothing to sneeze at, but we clearly have other priorities else he would have an offer. It would have been cool to have him here, but just maybe the combination of Shaq legacy and being a multi-year player at a one-and-done school would have been too much for the kid?

  4. theWilkman

    I bet he’s looking forward to that Sweet 16 exit

  5. Ridge Runner

    He jumped aboard early is kinda odd to me

  6. 8xchamp

    Probably wouldn’t have liked being called big rondo.

  7. Bluebloodtoo

    Maybe he wanted dad to stop talking about wanting him to go to UK? Did he even have an offer from UK?


      No offer from UK as of yet.

  8. Rick_S

    Cal f’d up here..Shaq would have been a UK cheerleader on TNT and TBS NBA games…

    1. jaws2

      Sure. like Cal and UK need morrrrrre exposure! Damn shame no ones heard of neither!

  9. Rick_S

    And his son is a player

  10. coolclay
  11. dballrb

    Shaq will want his kid to stay in school for at least 2-3 years.He values Education most of all.This is that very rare time that when it’s not about the money, it really isn’t about the money. I think Shaq can scrape the ching together if he tries,hell,probably may be able to help his kid with lunch money…likely will be a walk-on status,and save a scholarship for Miller.

  12. TonyMontana

    Wow, I’m kinda disappointed and even shocked we never offered him. He’s got a very good game. If I didnt know better I would have swore that he grew up playing point guard. At 6’9, he handles the ball really well and brings it up with no problems. Has great court vision, he’s swift on his feet, has a sweet turn around fade away jumper, knocks down 3’s, dunks with power and is tenacious on defense. I expect him to grow another couple of inches and pack on some more muscle over the next year. Arizona got a steal. And the positive PR that Shaq brings is a huge bonus.