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Shaq wants his son to go to Kentucky

Sean Scherer of 247Sports recently chatted with Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaquille O’Neal, about his recruitment, and the four-star power forward said his dad is pushing him toward becoming a Wildcat.

My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky,” O’Neal told Sean Scherer. “He has a good friendship with the coach there. I know a lot about that school because a lot of kids dream about going there. I like their style of play.”

The younger O’Neal is currently ranked No. 25 and as the No. 10 power forward in the Top247 for the 2018 class. He’s probably not a player Calipari and Kentucky would usually pursue, but when your dad is Shaq, you’re on everyone’s radar.

How cool would it be if he becomes a Cat?

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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21 Comments for Shaq wants his son to go to Kentucky



  1. rainman
    10:56 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Walk on maybe? I’m sure his dad could afford it!



  2. CatFanDu
    10:59 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    It would be Reeeal Cool.



  3. jman3715
    11:02 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Could be the kind of player we need to sprinkle in with the 1-n-dones.



  4. shmikey
    11:02 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    If he’s rated as one of the top 25 prospects, how is he not someone Cal would usually go after? Sacha Killeya-Jones is ranked 24th and slated to be on next year’s roster, for example.



    • WildcatCam
      11:24 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

      right? lol



    • J-Dub421
      11:43 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

      Plus, he’s about to be a junior in high school. He has a full two years to continue to improve his game. It’s premature to think he’s a complete player at this point.



  5. CrazyCayts
    11:08 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Not THAT cool. Hope he can shoot free-throws better than his pops



    • KANYE_TWITTY
      8:47 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

      If you’ve noticed, Cal doesn’t worry about free throw skills.



  6. bluecat15
    11:10 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Sounds good to me, come on down to BBN big man



  7. ky1988
    11:18 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    If he plays like his father welcome to uk



  8. CreepyFootGuy
    11:45 am June 9, 2016 Permalink

    As long as he doesn’t end up Shaqtin a fool, I’m cool with him being a cat!



  9. Wildfelinebeeline
    12:00 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Ya hear that, Michael Bolden’s mom?!?! That’s right! All the kids dream of going to UK.



  10. Sentient Third Eye
    12:00 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    If he’s ranked 25 and is only the 10th best power forward, then the class must be very heavy on power forwards.



  11. RealCatsFan
    12:05 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    I think it would be way cool to have Shaq in the crowd at UK games. Wonder what kind of reception he would get when we play in Baton Rouge?



  12. A_Blue_Wildcat
    12:25 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Shocked by this. I thought that he would be an LSU lock considering how much love for LSU Shaq has, but I guess he just needed to look at Ben Simmons for him to realize that LSU probably isn’t a great option right now.



  13. nstewart
    12:29 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    If he cut his hair like his dad’s he would be at least 6 inches shorter than his dad is
    I’m not saying I’m just saying



  14. UKALLDAY1
    2:41 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    Second generation stars are usually late bloomers (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson). It is in him, his dad is Shaq!



  15. Catuary
    10:17 pm June 9, 2016 Permalink

    He would have no financial pressure to try to turn pro before he’s ready. It would be nice to have a multi-year contributor on the team.