Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal Decommits from Arizona After Reported FBI Findings

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2018

Crossroads School's Shareef O'Neal #23 in action against Cambridge Rindge and Latin during a high school basketball game at the 2017 Hoophall Classic on Saturday, January 14,, 2017, in Springfield, MA.. Cambridge Rindge and Latin won. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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Arizona has lost one of its 2018 recruits as a result of the school's reported involvement in the FBI probe into corruption throughout college basketball. 

Shareef O'Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal, announced on Twitter he was opening up his commitment:

On Friday, ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach reported FBI wiretaps discovered Wildcats head coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment with Christian Dawkins to ensure Deandre Ayton would sign with the school. 

Dawkins is a former associate of Andy Miller, who founded the ASM Sports agency. The two are key figures in the FBI investigation into fraud and corruption in the sport, and Dawkins was arrested in September.

Arizona's reported involvement in the FBI probe has had a significant impact on recruiting.

Per ESPN's Jeff Borzello, Nassir Little said in October before he committed to North Carolina that he took the Wildcats out of consideration because he "didn't want to be mixed in a situation where any of the accusations seemed like it was true."

O'Neal gave Arizona a verbal commitment in April 2017 during his junior year at Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California. He's rated as a 4-star prospect and No. 33 overall player in the 2018 class, per 247Sports

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