Shareef O’Neal commits to LSU in a big-time commitment for the Tigers per an SI interview. Shareef will follow in his father’s footsteps and play for the Tigers, where Shaq was a two time All-American for the Tigers. O’Neal was at UCLA where he played 13 games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes a game. O’Neal was ranked as a 4-star recruit coming out of high school and was high sough-after. He originally committed to Arizona before de-committing and deciding to go to UCLA.
Before the start of his freshmen year at a regular checkup, O’Neal was found to have a heart issue that required surgery. O’Neal was sidelined for the year, using a medical redshirt and was cleared in March to return to the court. Upon returning to the court, he found a new head coach in Mick Cronin, who came over from Cincinnati after Steve Alford was fired early last season. O’Neal made the decision to transfer late last month and made his decision last night.
O’Neal is a long, lanky and athletic big man who has the talent to be a great big man. He will most likely be eligible at the start of conference play next season. LSU has a strong class coming in next season, with 5 Star Cameron Thomas, 4 Star Mwani Wilkinson, 3 Stars Jalen Cook and Bradley Ezewiro. Also joining the Tigers next year will be Goergeotown transfer Josh LeBlanc.
Shareef O’Neal is headed to LSU. He tells @robinlundberg why he’s following in his dad’s footsteps https://t.co/10nqM01tSJ pic.twitter.com/USkoT6oOub
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 15, 2020
Will Wade is getting a extreme athlete and what seems to be a great kid.
— Dylan Ballard (@DylanBallard925) February 15, 2020