And now his son is about ready to try his hand at the game that made his father a household name.
LSU junior Shareef O'Neal – son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal – is now eligible to be selected in the 2022 NBA draft, the league informed teams. A prior list of withdrawals mistakenly included O'Neal. The 6-foot-10 prospect stays in Draft and has upcoming team workouts.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 6, 2022
After a brief mix-up, it is being reported that Shareef O’Neal, Shaq’s son, is still eligible for the 2022 NBA draft.
There was a moment when O’Neal’s name was on a list of withdrawals but that was a mistake.
That means that he is still on the list of possible rookies for next season – and teams are taking notice.
Like Father, Like Son
The younger O’Neal is a former LSU player, aged 22 and coming in at 6-foot-10.
During his time in college, he suffered a few significant health problems that slowed down his output and marred his potential.
Back in 2018, a heart condition required surgery for O’Neal, which caused him to miss his freshman year at UCLA.
He eventually played for a bit at UCLA before he transferred to LSU before the 2020-21 season.
Despite the setbacks, it is being reported that O’Neal is expected to work out with a slew of teams in the preparation for the draft, although those teams haven’t been revealed.
If O’Neal is able to stay healthy, he could be a great asset for a number of teams in the league.
With his size and athleticism, O’Neal could be great on both offense and defense – just like his dad was.
However, he will be entering yet another draft class that is full of immense talent.
Therefore, competition will be tough and there is no promise that O’Neal will go high in the draft.
Ideally, O’Neal does get drafted and then we get to watch his father analyze his playing and skills on TNT.