Shareef O’Neal is officially a UCLA Bruin.
The school announced Monday that O’Neal, a son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, will enroll in school this month and join the men’s basketball program as a freshman in September. O’Neal committed to UCLA in February, but he did not sign a National Letter of Intent in the spring period, reportedly because of academic reasons.
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“Shareef has made great strides throughout his high school career,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “He’s an outstanding addition to our incoming class and brings a terrific combination of size, skill and athleticism. We love the length and height of this year’s team, and Shareef is really going to add to that dynamic.
“He has a terrific frame, one that will allow him to continue improving on both sides of the floor. With Shareef, you’re talking about a hard-working young man with tremendous upside, and his presence in our team’s frontcourt is a significant addition.”
O’Neal was ESPN’s No. 32-ranked prospect in the Class of 2018 and the top-ranked player from California. As a senior, he led Crossroads School (of Santa Monica) to a California Division III state title, scoring 27 points per game. Multiple reports also indicate LeBron James’ son Bronny James will enroll at Crossroads as an eighth-grader this year.
Even before O’Neal was officially on board, UCLA had pulled in one of the best recruiting classes in the country. The six-member class is highlighted by 7-foot-1 center Moses Brown, a five-star center from New York.
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