Shareef O’Neal is staying home in sunny Los Angeles, CA.
The son of NBA Hall of Famer, Shaq, will be attending UCLA. The eldest of the O’Neal children decommitted to Arizona this past weekend, after confirmed reports of head coach, Sean Miller, discussing a $100,000 payment to recruit Deandre Ayton to play at Arizona this season. To avoid association, O’Neal opted out.
O’Neal took to Instagram to make the announcement.
Reef is just a tad bit shorter than his pops. He stands at 6’10” and has a great shooting touch from long range and can rebound the ball at an exceptional level. O’neal’s Santa Monica Crossroads high school team, will face Brentwood on Saturday at for the Southern Section 2AA championship. It will be ideal for O’Neal to graduate with a championship and glide into UCLA as a freshman. He will be joining a star-studded recruitment class that includes, Moses Brown, Jules Bernard, and Kenny Nwuba. All players are high potential prospects in the rising Freshman Class. Reef is ranked 33rd in ESPN top 100 prospects of the 2018 class.
Hopefully, Reef can follow in the footsteps of former NBA All-Star Baron Davis. Davis played ball at Santa Monica Crossroads and headed to UCLA, before being selected 3rd overall by the Charlotte Hornets, in the 1999 NBA Draft.
The 2018 Class is loaded with talent and Shareef O’Neal will help lead UCLA into March Madness of 2019. Congrats Reef!