Shaquille O'Neal's Son Shareef Commits to Arizona Basketball Team

Mike ChiariFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2017

Photo credit:

Shareef O'Neal, son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, committed to play basketball for the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday.

According to Josh Gershon of, O'Neal became Arizona's second 2018 commit.

O'Neal is a 4-star prospect who ranks as the No. 36 overall player, No. 11 power forward and No. 4 player at this position from the state of California, per

Per 247Sports, the Santa Monica, California, native also had offers from Baylor, California, Georgetown, Kansas State, UCLA, USC and Shaq's alma mater, LSU.

O'Neal spoke favorably of Arizona after visiting the school in February, according to Krysten Peek of "I've been to Arizona for an unofficial visit and the campus was great, the coaches treated us like family. I know they let their bigs shoot and play the perimeter and that's the kind of thing I like. My teammate Ira Lee is obviously going there, so he's been talking to me about the program." lists O'Neal at 6'9" and 200 pounds, which is a slight departure from the 7'1", 300-plus-pound frame his father carried in the NBA.

O'Neal figures to fit in at Arizona as a power forward who can stretch the floor, which is something head coach Sean Miller got plenty of use out of in 2016-17 in the form of Lauri Markkanen.


For more news, rumors and related stories about Shareef O'Neal, the Arizona Wildcats and college basketball, check out the college basketball and Arizona streams on Bleacher Report's app.