LSU, Cal, Arizona, USC and UCLA all active with 2018 power forward Shareef O'Neal

Relationships are key for 2018 power forward Shareef O'Neal, whether they're at his father's alma mater, or in the Pac-12. Scout catches up with the not-so-little Shaqtus for a recruiting update.

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- 2018 power forward Shareef O'Neal took time away from the Double Pump Best of Summer to break down the schools pursuing him on Friday.

Arizona and UCLA have been making a run at both O'Neal and his California Supreme teammate Tevian Jones, while USC, California, Kansas State, Baylor and his father's alma mater, LSU have all been recruiting O'Neal heavily. He says that the relationship he has with one LSU coach, in particular, is the strongest he has among recruiters.

O'Neal talks about his relationships with the Tigers, Bears, Wildcats and Bruins, with his relationships in Baton Rouge going far back. It was one of his first offers, after all.

When O'Neal got the offer from the Tigers, many expected him to commit, just because his famous father went there. But, O'Neal said, Shaq told him that the decision is complete up to him. Where could that take him? He may very well stay on the West Coast, whether it's as a package deal with Jones, or whether he follows a player very similar to himself -- Ivan Rabb -- to Berkeley, to play for Cuonzo Martin. A former teammate -- Roman Davis -- redshirted for Cal this past year, and has told O'Neal what he could possibly expect.

The Trojans have also made inroads, particularly USC assistant Jason Hart.

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