Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, a four-star recruit at UCLA, will be sitting out the entire 2018-19 season. The reason he will not play is due to a heart ailment that requires surgery.
According to O’Neal, he was working out with his team when he began to feel funny. UCLA doctors made him heart monitor as a way to alert them whenever. During one of his summer practices, he pressed on the alert button. Doctors soon were able to discover the heart ailment.
Shareef explained that during one of his routine checkups, they were able to find that he was having a medical issue with his heart. He was very thankful that the medical staff at UCLA were able to find the problem. Even though he won’t be able to play this season, he looks forward to being the best player he can next season.
If he were to play this season, he was going to playing with an incoming class with nothing but talent.
Shareef was first going to play for Arizona.
However, after an ESPN report linking Sean Miller to a pay-for-play arrangement involving Deandre Ayton, he chose UCLA.
In a statement from his school, they announced that Freshman Shareef O’Neal was going to be on the sidelines for the 2018-19 season due to medical issues. He will remain at the school for classes as well as a part of the men’s basketball team. UCLA’s men’s basketball team fully supports Shareef and his family.
Alex Timiraos, a spokesman for the team, says that there will be no more statements on O’Neal’s condition at this time.
O’Neal was able to outgrow his father’s shadow in high school. He was able to attain many offers from a plethora of blueblood programs. He’s also a social media star who has 1.4 million followers on his Instagram page.