Shaq’s Son Withdraws Commitment to Arizona in Wake of Recruitment Scandal (TWEET)

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Last April, Shareef O’Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal and top-30 prospect in the class of 2018, committed to play college basketball for Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller.

On Saturday, one day after Miller was implicated in a recruitment scandal, Shareef took to Twitter to announce that he is withdrawing that commitment and is looking for a new NCAA program to call home.

It’s hard to blame the kid for ditching Arizona. Unlike most college basketball prospects, Shareef O’Neal does not need money to pay his mom’s rent or buy shoes for his siblings. What he needs, if he’s going to get to the NBA, is NCAA eligibility.

That would have been jeopardized if he stayed at Arizona. The FBI says they intercepted phone calls in which Arizona coach Sean Miller offered to pay $100,000 to ensure potential no. 1 draft pick Deandre Ayton committed to the Wildcats. While Miller has denied the allegations, Arizona basketball is probably going down in flames.

Shareef O’Neal is a 6’9″ power forward ranked 29th in the nation. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game on the Nike EYBL circuit with the California Supreme AAU program last year.

Shareef didn’t sign a national letter of intent with Arizona, instead choosing to sign nonbinding financial aid papers. That means Arizona doesn’t have to release him so he can go elsewhere.

He definitely won’t have trouble finding another program.

Hat Tip – [ESPN]