Breaking down Top 40 Arizona commit Shareef O'Neal

Arizona picked up a commitment from Scout's 36th ranked 2018 prospect in Shareef O'Neal. What kind of player are the Wildcats getting in the four-star power forward?

On Wednesday, Arizona landed a commitment from one of the West Coast’s top 2018 prospects in Shareef O'Neal.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound power forward from Santa Monica (Calif.) Crossroads is Scout’s 36th ranked prospect in the class and a player with plenty of upside.

What kind of player is Arizona getting in O’Neal?

The son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef has a nice frame at 6-foot-9 with long arms and plenty of room to get stronger. He's grown over the last year and has improved athletically as he's gained strength, which bodes well for his future.

O'Neal is most comfortable facing the basket and he has a nice stroke, with range out to three. He tends to float to the perimeter as opposed to taking advantage of his size inside, but there’s no doubt he’s most efficient as a scorer with his jumper.

He rebounds pretty well on both ends and is a capable shot blocker. He sees the court well and is a good passer for the position.

He needs to gain strength and add to his footwork while playing with a more consistent motor, but he has a high ceiling and obviously the bloodlines are in his favor. 

In general, the motor aspect defines the most important area of improvement for O’Neal moving forward. His talent speaks for itself and his success will be determined by how hard he plays each time out.

When O’Neal plays hard, he pretty consistently performs at a high level, which is a good sign for the player he’s capable of being.

For Arizona, taking O’Neal makes sense given his upside and the fact that he can play with several of the other post prospects Arizona is recruiting in 2018.

Marvin BagleyBol Bol, Miles Norris and Taeshon Cherry are amongst the forward and post prospects that UA will continue to recruit moving forward and O’Neal’s commitment doesn’t likely have a big negative influence on them or many other of Arizona’s targets in the class.

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