Shaquille O’Neal leaves some big shoes to fill for his son, Shareef. Shaq leaves big shoes for anyone to fill actually.
So far though, Shareef has impressed with his basketball highlights and is gaining traction in recruiting circles. 247Sports currently has him as a four-star prospect and the No. 38 basketball player in the country for the Class of 2018. His name does not hurt either.
If he continued his play, it feels like he will have his pick of schools — already picking up offers from local schools USC and UCLA, according to 247Sports. Recruiting will certainly pick up and Shareef’s famous father says his son already has a few schools in mind.
On the latest episode of his podcast, The Big Podcast with Shaq, Shaquille O’Neal said his son has mentioned Kentucky, Michigan State and Duke on his early college search.
Shaq has his own connection to the SEC, having attended LSU and being one of the more prominent player alumni for any sport. It does not seem his son is looking at his dad’s alma mater at this point, though there is plenty of time for son to change his mind and follow his father’s footsteps.
If Shareef continues to improve those three schools could be in play for him. He certainly seems like a player they would want to go after.
Shareef is very different from his dad. At 6-foot-8, he is more of a perimeter player than a post-up guy. Shareef probably will not have the same effect on a defense, but he is still very talented and will have every opportunity to make a name for himself separate from his famous father.