Shaq’s Son Shareef Commits to UCLA Three Days After Backing Out of Agreement with Arizona

Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal

Just three days after announcing that he was withdrawing his verbal commitment to Arizona, Shareef O’Neal has chosen a new school. And he’s not going to be very far from home.

The 6’9″ power forward announced on Tuesday that he will be taking his talents to UCLA, which is just a 10 minute drive from his high school in Santa Monica.

O’Neal announced on Saturday that he was backing out of his commitment to play for Sean Miller, less than 24 hours after it was reported that the FBI had recorded Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to secure the committement of top recruit DeAndre Ayton.

“At this time I am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the Arizona basketball team,” O’Neal wrote on Twitter. “I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it’s in my best interests to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.”

Shareef O’Neal is the son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. At an athletic 6’9″, ranks him as the 28th best prospect in the class of 2018.

The surprise addition of O’Neal gives UCLA the second-best recruiting class in the country after Duke. He’ll be joining five-star center Moses Brown, four-star guards Tyger Campbell and David Singleton, and four-star forward Jules Bernard.

Should make for a pretty good team if any of those guys stick around for more than one season.

Hat Tip – [Yahoo Sports]

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