Arizona basketball picked up a major commitment this morning.
Los Angeles (Calif.) Crossroads School four-star power forward Shareef O’Neal committed to Arizona this morning. It comes as somewhat of a surprise, as many did not expect O’Neal to make a commitment until later in the process.
The 6-foot-9 O’Neal is the son of former Los Angeles Lakers star and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. He also held offers from Baylor, Cal, Georgetown, Kansas State, LSU, UCLA and USC.
The younger O’Neal plays his AAU ball for Cal Supreme, which announced the news on Twitter.
— California Supreme (@CalSupremeBball) April 19, 2017
One school that had not offered O’Neal, but was showing interest, was Kentucky. Some people felt he would have ultimately committed to UK if they did offer, but it looks like he felt at home with another group of Wildcats.
O’Neal is the No. 13 power forward and No. 31 overall player in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. Either the power forward crop is exceptionally strong in 2018 or more players are listing themselves as power forwards these days.
O’Neal joins five-star small forward Emmanuel Akot in Arizona’s 2018 class.