Ah, California: The land of Sunshine, Hollywood and the scions of NBA greats.
Two of those budding NBA heirs are Shareef O’Neal, the eldest son of Shaquille O’Neal, and Ron Artest III, who is the son of, you guessed it, Metta World Peace. The younger O’Neal has emerged as a viral prospect celebre in recent months, thanks to both his pure basketball talent and penchant for playing against famous established players (his Dad) and other young stars with shiny names, with Jayson Williams’ son, Jaxon, another recent visitor to the O’Neals’ house.
All of that made the face off between Shareef O’Neal and Ron Artest III — as part of a fall league game between their Crossroads School (O’Neal) and Beverly Hills (Artest) squads at the Ron Massey Classic — a lot more interesting, and exciting.
There’s no question in watching the highlights that O’Neal is the more refined player, as he well should be; he’s widely considered one of the top-20 overall prospects in the Class of 2017. Still, Artest III has come along way in just a couple years of basketball, and he has both the physicality and athleticism to make a difference somewhere at the next level, even if that may not be Kentucky or Duke, locations oft mooted as likely for O’Neal.