Shareef O’Neal is a 6-7 sophomore at the Windward School in Los Angeles with offers already in hand from USC, UCLA and many others. He also is the son of Shaquille O’Neal.
Shareef is not the same type of massive physical presence inside as a his dad and has said he wants to make his own name. But he’d be foolish not to rely on the wealth of experience that his dad can offer.
“My dad has given me long talks about how I don’t have to play if I don’t want to. It’s my choice,” he said. “He’s not forcing me to play.
“For the longest time, I thought I had to play basketball just because basketball is a family thing. He says I don’t have to play for anybody. As long as I’m making my family happy, then I’m doing the right thing. I don’t have to go out there and play for what the press is going to say, what the scouts are going to say or what the crowd is going to say.”
Shareef is featured in the well-done video above from Home Team Hoops with interviews and highlights. It’s worth your time.