Shareef O'Neal: Deserving of an NBA Opportunity

Shareef O'Neal: Deserving of an NBA Opportunity

Shareef O'Neal: Deserving of an NBA Opportunity

Shareef O'Neal, the son of NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, has had an inspiring journey to fulfill a dream of following in his father's footsteps and reaching the NBA.

While his college career has had a difficult start, O'Neal's sheer talent, pedigree and determination suggest he will be able to establish himself as a pro.

Overcoming Adversity

Sharee redshirted his freshman season at UCLA because of a heart condition, then transferred to LSU, where he was hampered by injuries and health scares.

These obstacles, however, didn't prevent O'Neal from showing potential at LSU, indicating his ability to refocus and his strength to persevere.

Family Dynamics

This eventually led to his dad, Shaquille O'Neal, having issues with his decision to chase a pro hoop career.

This latent conflict between father and son bubbled up after Shaquille made it known he wants Shareef to sacrifice declaring for the NBA draft for schooling.

This reveals the multi-faceted level of O'Neal's struggle and the extrinsic forces weighing in on the decision he is facing; parental expectations of an NBA future.

Path to the NBA

Shareef O'Neal was poised to take the more uncertain route when he decided to forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2022 NBA Draft.

He had signed with the Los Angeles Lakers to play on their Summer League team after going undrafted. But this chance to flash those pro chops in the Summer League of all places could be a major turning point in O'Neal's bid to finally make it in the NBA, showing that he's head over heels in love with the notion of a professional future.

Like Father Like Son

From collegiate woes to battles with health to persevering toward a professional basketball journey, this LA native showcases resilience and grit.

Standing 6-10 with a NBA frame, proven skill set, and work ethic there is no question Shareef O'Neal deserves a shot in the NBA.


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