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Arizona basketball recruiting: Shareef O’Neal creating his own path

No need to follow in Shaq’s large footsteps

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The son of Hall of Fame big man, and arguably the most dominant big man in NBA history Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal has decided he's not going to follow in his father’s footsteps and attend LSU. He has instead committed to play for the Arizona Wildcats starting in 2018.

Shareef, one of the most coveted prospects in the 2018 class, has continued to rise up the class rankings, jumping into the top-20 and earning a five-star rating, according to ESPN.

Shareef is 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds with terrific basketball length, and although he isn't nearly as big as his father, he possesses some of the same strengths we now remember Shaq for.

Shareef is a terrific athlete who has a huge motor and likes to get up and down the court. He is your typical NBA stretch four — athletic enough to take big men off the dribble and explode to the rim, but also capable of stepping outside and knocking down the 3-ball.

At 17 years old, he is still growing as a player as well. In fact, his own dad has already said that his son is way better than he was at that age.

This season, playing for Crossroads School in California, Shareef posted great numbers averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game. With loads of potential, it's not hard to see why so many people have taken notice of him.

Whether it's playing AAU basketball for the Cal Supremes, posting insane numbers along with Bol Bol (who also might be interested in Arizona), or playing basketball with the rap star Quavo from Migos, this kid sure has game and is going to be a pleasant addition to Arizona’s basketball team in 2018.