Shaquille O'Neal Wants His Son Shareef to Play at the University of Kentucky

Shareef O'Neal could be playing in Rupp Arena in 2018.

Shaquille O'Neal's Adolph Rupp Trophy as NCAA Player of the Year in 1991 could become important to him in more ways than just one.

Shaq made waves in Southeastern Conference basketball when he was a two-time All-American, two-time SEC Player of the Year, and the Rupp Trophy recipient, but the award honors legendary Kentucky head coach, Adolph Rupp -- the namesake of Rupp Arena, where Shaq’s son Shareef O'Neal could be headed come 2018.

“My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky,” Shareef told 247Sports.

Shaq’s alma mater and Kentucky’s conference opponent, LSU, has offered Shareef, but it appears Shaq would prefer Shareef not to play for the Tigers.

“I want him to create his own path,” said Shaq in a recent podcast, “However, he did mention to me Kentucky, Michigan State, or Duke,”  

Shareef also has early offers from Baylor, Kansas State, California, UCLA and USC . Shareef, a 6-foot-9, 204-pound power forward, is a rising junior at the Winward School.

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