Shareef O’Neal Has Committed to Arizona


Five-star Santa Monica (CA) Crossroads High forward Shareef O’Neal has committed to the Arizona Wildcats, per California Supreme.

O’Neal is the son of four-time NBA Champion and three-time NBA Finals MVP, Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq told Shareef that he wanted him to lean towards Kentucky. Instead, the multi-talented forward will stay closer to home and play for Sean Miller in the Desert.

O’Neal recently told Rivals he had plenty of time to figure things out when it came to recruiting.

“The recruiting process is great. I still have the same schools and I haven’t made my final list yet,” O’Neal said. “I have the whole summer and plenty of time to figure things out and make some visits. Right now I’m just focused on finishing up my high school season.”

Asked about Arizona.

“I’ve been to Arizona for an unofficial visit and the campus was great, the coaches treated us like family,” O’Neal explained. “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.”

O’Neal is ranked number 31 in the 247Sports 2018 Composite Player Rankings and the 13th ranked overall forward. Rivals has O’Neal as the 16th ranked player and a five-star recruit.

O’Neal chose Arizona over USC, UCLA, Kansas, California and his fathers school LSU, amongst others.

According to MaxPreps, O’Neal averaged 14.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per outing.

O’Neal joins five-star Emmanuel Akot as the second commit in the 2018 class. O’Neals commitment moves Arizona to the number two overall class in 2017.


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