It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaq, but last night, his famous dad was in Whitley County to speak at the University of the Cumberlands’ “Excellence in Leadership” series and answered a few questions about his son, a four-star power forward in the 2018 class. WKYT’s Garrett Wymer was at the event and asked Shaq what he thinks of Kentucky basketball after playing for LSU almost 30 years ago.
“I love — well, I can’t say I love UK,” Shaq said, laughing. “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.”
This isn’t the first time Shaq has said he wants his son to play for Calipari. Last June, Shareef told 247 Sports that his dad wants him to lean towards Kentucky, and on his podcast, Shaq said he feels that way because he sees the same potential in his son that his dad saw in him, which is why he wants him to be in the hands of a coach like Cal.
“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,” Shaq said. “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.”
Another reason Shaq might want Shareef in Kentucky blue? The Big Blue Nation, which Shaq said last night he’s always admired.
“The fans there were always great,” Shaq said. “I played there in 88, 89, 90. I’m sure in 2017, it’s more fabulous. But the guys are always getting the top recruits, always in the top 10, and it’s a great show. And when they beat UCLA, I thought they had a chance of going all the way.”
– Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) April 5, 2017
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You have to take Shaq’s son, right? The fact that he’s good at basketball will just be icing on top.