Shareef O'Neal Commits to UCLA Just Days After Arizona De-commit
According to UCLA coach Anthony Davis, Shareef O'Neal, the son of Hall of Famer and former NBA basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, made the decision to commit to UCLA on Tuesday.
The 6'10 senior at Santa Monica Crossroads was previously committed to Arizona where he had signed a nonbinding financial aid letter. In the wake of the uncertainty surrounding Arizona's head coach Sean Miller's future in Tucson, O'Neal announced that he had opened up his recruiting. This comes immediately after ESPN reported that Miller allegedly discussed a $100,000 payment for Wildcats center Deandre Ayton on an FBI wiretap.
Known for his long-range shooting and rebounding skills, O'Neal has helped lead Crossroads into the Southern Section 2AA championship game on Saturday against Brentwood. Not quite the size of his dad, he made a name for himself on the Cal Supreme AAU team for being a finisher around the rim and relentless rebounder.
The four star prospect is still one of the most athletic big men in the 2018 recruiting class. Ranked as the #33 prospect in the 247 Sports rankings, O'Neal shared a photo on Instagram of him and his parents sporting UCLA gear Tuesday night after 247 Sports reported his commitment to UCLA.
Arizona's loss is UCLA's gain as his commitment comes just three days after decommitting from the Wildcats. The commitment gives UCLA one of the top shooting post threats, placing them at third in the country, trailing Oregon and Duke. O'Neal possesses good size, long arms and can shoot the ball really well. He'll need to develop his motor and defensive skills, but all of the physical tools are there for him to be successful.
He adds to a highly rated UCLA 2018 recruiting class that includes guard David Singleton of Bishop Montgomery. former Windward teammate Jules Bernard, center Kenneth Nwuba of Huntington, guard Tyger Campbell of La Lumiere and center Moses Brown from Archbishop.