Shaunie O’Neal may be splitting her time between LA and Arizona very soon, since her son Shareef just committed to playing for the Arizona Wildcats after graduating high school.
— Shareef O'Neal (@cynreef) April 19, 2017
O’Neal is ranked 31st in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. The 6-foot-9 forward chose the University of Arizona over reported offers from UCLA, Cal, USC, and his father, Shaquille O’Neal’s alma mater, LSU.
Check out this highlight reel of Shareef putting in work on the court.
— California Supreme (@CalSupremeBball) April 19, 2017
Back in August of 2016, Shaq bragged to TMZ that both Shareef and his 13-year-old son Shaqir are shoe-ins for the NBA, and they definitely don’t need old dad to pull any strings on their behalf. The gossip site caught up with Momma Shaunie shortly after and said the boys were excited but taken aback by their dads prediction. “[Shaqir] loves basketball, don’t get me wrong. But at 13, he’s chasing girls instead of thinking about going to the NBA.”
She also clarified that the boys are never pressured by their famous dad to pursue the baller life. “One thing about Shaquille and I, we don’t pressure the boys to play ball. They don’t ever have to dribble a ball in their life if they don’t want to. But he knows that both of them love the game and wanna play”
Clearly, Shareef’s genetic gifts made his pursuit of basketball inevitable.
Remember when Shareef and Shaqir trained together on Shaunie’s Home Court?