This morning, we told you four-star power forward Shareef O’Neal was second-guessing his future as an Arizona Wildcat.
Now, Shaq’s son has officially re-opened his recruitment to ensure he plays in the NCAA tournament next season.
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
When the FBI investigation first included Arizona as potential participants, rumors spread that the forward prospect was contemplating a decommitment.
He only signed financial paperwork with the school in case the Wildcats were included in any punishment.
Last night, ESPN reported head coach Sean Miller paid $100,000 to lock up the commitment of No. 1 prospect DeAndre Ayton. Later that night, Yahoo! Sports linked the school to three other shady recruitments including Brian Bowen, Rawle Alkins, and Lauri Markkanen.
Today, it was announced Sean Miller would not be coaching tonight, and his future with the team is in doubt. The school has yet to decide whether to play Ayton or sit him out, as well.
Needless to say, the future is incredibly dark for Arizona, and O’Neal wanted no part of that.
Kentucky has been linked to the talented prospect for months now, specifically following the initial round of FBI news. His father, Shaquille, reportedly loves Kentucky and John Calipari, and respects the school’s ability to get players to the NBA.
With Kentucky needing another forward for next year, it’s very likely the Cats get involved in his recruitment.
Watch him work:
Bring him on home, Coach Cal.