Shaq’s 6-foot-10 son headed to UCLA
Fred Jeter | 8/16/2018, 6 a.m.
A big man named O’Neal is again making basketball headlines in Southern California.
Shareef O’Neal, the 6-foot-10 son of Shaquille O’Neal, has signed to play for UCLA. He is enrolling at the Westwood campus this summer.
Shaquille O’Neal was the Los Angeles Lakers’ All-Star center from 1996 to 2004, helping the franchise to NBA titles in 2000 and 2002.
Shareef O’Neal is one of Shaquille O’Neal’s four children with former wife Shaunte Nelson.
This past season, Shareef averaged 27 points per game in pacing Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif., to a 25-9 record. He was rated by ESPN as California’s top prospect among the Class of 2018.
Shareef originally committed to the University of Arizona but opted for UCLA, his hometown school, where he will play under Coach Steve Alford.
Shareef joins a strong incoming freshman class at UCLA that includes 7-foot-1 Moses Brown from Archbishop Molloy High School in New York City.
Crossroads School has become popular among celebrity athletes. Bronny James, eldest son of NBA star LeBron James, has enrolled at Crossroads School for the fall semester as an eighth-grader.