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Shareef O’Neal commits to UCLA

The former Arizona commit is staying in the Pac-12

Sacred Heart v Arizona Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Arizona’s loss is another Pac-12 school’s gain.

Former UA signee Shareef O’Neal has committed to the UCLA Bruins, Josh Gershon of 247Sports reported Tuesday.

O’Neal decommitted from Arizona on Saturday after an ESPN report said Sean Miller, who is currently not coaching the Wildcats, allegedly discussed a $100,000 payment to secure the signing of Deandre Ayton.

O’Neal, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, signed non-binding scholarship paperwork in November that gave him an out in case UA’s involvement in the college basketball recruiting scandal escalated.

A 6-foot-9 forward from Santa Monica, O’Neal is the No. 33 player in the 2018 class.

UCLA now has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country. Arizona only has one 2018 signee left — four-star point guard Brandon Williams.

Like O’Neal, Williams could bolt too, but he is still waiting to what happens to the Arizona program first.

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