Double Pump: Shareef O'Neal

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Shareef O'Neal's reputation is quickly building and it's led to a few schools offering the 2018 SoCal forward. Scout caught up with O'Neal at the Double Pump Best of Summer.

It was a relatively quiet freshman season for Los Angeles Windward 2018 power forward Shareef O’Neal, who had a lot of veterans on his team and wasn’t needed to have a huge role.

However, a big spring on the AAU circuit with Cal Supreme led to some national attention after a mixtape video surfaced of the 6-foot-8, 195-pound son of legendary NBA center Shaquille O’Neal.

After going under the radar as a freshman, Shareef was now suddenly one of the most talked about high school prospects in the country, which led to a different kind of message from his father.

“He doesn’t give me as much advice about basketball anymore because he thinks I’m in a good place,” Shareef said.

“Now he gives me advice about the attention I’ve been getting ever since the YouTube video. He says to not let it get to my head and to keep playing my game.”

The younger O’Neal is happy with how his game has evolved over the last year – “I’m already much better,” he said – and is working to keep improving.

“I’m pretty tall but I like to balance my game inside and out. I can shoot the three and I can post also,” he said. “I’m working on dribbling and shooting. I’m not really satisfied with my shooting yet but I can still hit shots.”

The rising sophomore listed offers from USC, UCLA and Kansas State with the local schools being the two he’s more familiar with at this point.

“I went to a couple of UCLA games,” Shareef said. “I like the way they play and I like their coaching staff. They’re very welcoming over there.

“With USC, I haven’t seen any of their games and haven’t been on a visit yet but I know a lot of people going there and they said they like how they play and like the coaching staff.”

O’Neal also has his eyes on another Pac-12 school which he grew up a fan of.

“I like Arizona,” he said. “I went to one of their games and I like the way their team plays, some of the players they have and their coaches are really cool.”

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