Shareef Rashaun O'Neal (born January 11, 2000) is an American college basketball player for the UCLA Bruins. O'Neal had committed to play college basketball at the University of Arizona, but rescinded the commitment in after Arizona major violations of NCAA recruiting rules. The forward played in high school in Los Angeles, where he was ranked among the top players nationally. He is the son of Hall of Fame NBA player Shaquille O'Neal.
Early life Edit
Born in Los Angeles, O'Neal is the son of Hall of Fame National Basketball Association player Shaquille O'Neal and Basketball Wives star Shaunie O'Neal. He has two older half-siblings, Taahirah and Myles, and three younger siblings: Amirah, Shaqir, and Me'ara. His parents are divorced.
Despite his father's basketball fame, Shareef grew up without a passion for the game and preferred skateboarding. His interest in basketball grew after he had a disappointing performance at a middle school Amateur Athletic Union game and was prompted to "prove everybody wrong" on the court. At age 13, O'Neal began training regularly and was able to dunk.
High School Career Edit
Starting in his freshman season, O'Neal played basketball for Windward School in Los Angeles at the forward position. His highlight videos immediately helped him gain popularity on the Internet and appeared in The Washington Post. However, he received limited playing time because the team's six seniors earned the most minutes. Head coach Steve Smith viewed O'Neal's first season with Windward as a "learning year" and expected him to assume a larger role in the following season. At the end of the season, he was averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. In May 2015, O'Neal received a scholarship offer from USC, his first from an NCAA Division I program. In the following months, he had additional offers from Baylor, LSU, UCLA, and Kansas State.
O'Neal remained with Windward as a sophomore and saw significant improvement. In October 2015, at a tournament in Fairfax High Schoolthat featured many top high school teams in the nation, O'Neal scored 23 points in a loss to Bishop Alemany. O'Neal, in December, drew attention from scouts at the MaxPreps Holiday Classic despite his team's struggles. He became known as a versatile swingman with ball-handling, shooting, and defending skills.
On June 29, 2016, the Los Angeles Times announced that O'Neal would transfer to Crossroads School in Santa Monica. He joined the team expected to take a leading role with top high school recruit Ira Lee. On January 6, 2017, O'Neal scored 15 points in a 54–50 win over Brentwood. In a 44–80 loss to Mater Dei on February 17, he scored 20 points in a matchup with Bol Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol. On April 9, O'Neal committed to play college basketball for Arizona.
On February 24, 2018, O'Neal decommitted from Arizona due to the FBI's findings of possible illegal payments to Arizona's star player DeAndre Ayton. O'Neal committed to UCLA on February 27.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|Los Angeles||Crossroads School (CA)||6 ft 8.7 in (2.05 m)||203 lb (92 kg)||Apr 9, 2017|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: 247Sports: ESPN:|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Rivals: 27 ESPN: 24, 2 (CA), 9 (PF)|
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Personal Life Edit
In 2016, O'Neal and his family premiered in their reality show, Shaunie's Home Court. His father gifted him a Jeep and a Lamborghini for his 16th birthday. He's played on the AAU circuit for Cal Supreme. He is really good friends with Chino Hills basketball player LaMelo Ball.