Shareef O’Neal Makes It Official; Joins LSU Basketball

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 07: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal (L) and son Shareef O’Neal at Apple Music Launch Party Carpool Karaoke: The Series with James Corden on August 7, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Apple)

BATON ROUGE – LSU Basketball announced on Wednesday that transfer Shareef O’Neal has signed the necessary paperwork which has been received and approved. 

O’Neal, the son of legendary former LSU and NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, is transferring to LSU from UCLA.  

After sitting out the 2018-19 season with a medical issue, the 6-9 O’Neal averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds as a redshirt freshman for the Bruins this past season before announcing in January 2020 his decision to transfer. O’Neal played in 13 games for UCLA, averaging almost 11 minutes a game. 

“The name O’Neal is a part of LSU Basketball history and we look forward to Shareef starting his own path at LSU,” said LSU Coach Will Wade. “Shareef has the ability to impact a game with his tremendous offensive rebound acumen and his ability to stretch the defense with his shot.”

O’Neal was ranked in the top 30s in his high school class by ESPN.com. He averaged 27.6 points and 17.3 rebounds per game during his 2017-18 senior season at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California. Crossroad won the CIF Division II state title. O’Neal had 29 points and 17 rebounds with five blocked shots in the state championship contest. 

O’Neal was a member of the All-CIF Southern Section Division II team and the John Wooden Player of the Year for Division II in California. He was listed on the Los Angeles Times All-Area team as a senior. In addition, he was a first team all-state selection by MaxPreps.com. 

O’Neal played his first two years of high school at Windward School.

The Tigers, who are listed with a top six recruiting class in the 247sports.com rankings, signed three players in the fall – five-star guard Cameron Thomas (Chesapeake, Virginia, from Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia); four-star point guard Jalen Cook of Walker High (Walker, Louisiana); and, three-star center Bradley Ezewiro (Torrance, California) also from Oak Hill Academy. 

LSU earlier Wednesday signed four-star forward Mwani Wilkinson of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

The Tigers also added transfer Josh LeBlanc, who came to LSU from Georgetown. LeBlanc is from Baton Rouge (Madison Prep Academy) and practiced with the team during the conference portion of the season after returning to Baton Rouge. 

(Press release provided by LSU Athletics.)

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