Shaq’s son Shareef says he’s transferring to LSU

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Shareef O’Neal recently took a recruiting trip to Louisiana State University. It was a significant trip, as his legendary father previously played for the program. 

This is his third commitment in his college basketball journey. He initially agreed to a letter of intent with the Arizona Wildcats. 

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He then decommitted from Arizona, before committing to the UCLA Bruins. He left the Bruins program following just 13 games this season. 

During an interview with Sports Illustrated’s Robin Lundberg, O’Neal announced his transfer to LSU. 

“I’m going to LSU, it’s a done deal,” O’Neal said to Lundberg. “It’s real big footsteps, but I’m ready for it. It’s a great program and Louisiana is a different scene. I’ve been in LA most of my life, but I’m ready for it.” 

The younger O’Neal visited LSU during the weekend of January 31st.

O’Neal was not happy with his benching in five games by first-year Bruins head coach Mick Cronin. When he did play for UCLA, he averaged 2.2 points per game. 

He also missed the 2018-19 season with the Bruins after having to medical redshirt the season due to a heart condition. 

The legendary O’Neal spent three seasons with the Tigers from 1989 through 1992. He was then the No. 1 overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft. 

After playing for the Magic, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Boston Celtics.

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