Shareef O’Neal has spent his entire life in the spotlight. He was on television cracking jokes at his father’s games when he was just 8, and he was marked for greatness on the court before he was even in middle school. Now that he’s reached the high school level, it’s perhaps no surprise that the younger O’Neal wasted no time in emerging as a factor for Windward School in Los Angeles.
As noted by MaxPreps, Windward is off to a 6-0 start to the season in part because of O’Neal, who is lining up at center for the team. He already stands 6-foot-7 and is likely to grow by the time he finishes at Windward. If he can help the Wildcats extend to 7-0 by knocking off powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Nevada, he and his teammates will rocket to national prominence overnight.
Of course, that will come with a level of comfort for O’Neal and some of his teammates. Sophomore Jalen Harris has already emerged as one of the nation’s most celebrated prospects in the Class of 2017. Two other freshmen area already receiving time on the court, giving Windward a core of young talent that is ready to break out.
No surprise that Shareef O’Neal is leading that charge. The Little Aristotle is here, and he isn’t going away.