In the early hours of Wednesday morning, while most were asleep, an announcement hit that seemingly startled the hoops masses when they woke up. Flo40 forward Shareef O'Neal has committed to Arizona.
At 6-foot-9, the Crossroads (CA) standout chose not to be a legacy at LSU, where his Naismith Hall of Fame and NBA legend father, Shaquille O'Neal, went, despite holding an offer. The No. 20-ranked prospect in 2018 didn't stay in-state and go to California, UCLA, or USC, either.
The options certainly were there. The name alone garnered as much attention as he has potential. And just before the Nike EYBL season starts this weekend, O'Neal cut out all of the drama by choosing the Wildcats.
However, the questions and rumors will continue to swirl. Why now? Why from a tweet in the middle of the night? Did he make up his mind at Coachella over the weekend? It likely will be a hot-button topic in Hampton, VA, for EYBL's Session One this weekend, but all anyone really needs to know is that O'Neal's recruitment is seemingly over.