At 16-years-old, Shareef O’Neal is well on his way to carrying on his father’s legacy. The teen is rated number sixteen among the class of 2018 and, according to Shaquille O’Neal, doesn’t need the help of Kobe Bryant to make his mark as a professional basketball player.
“[Shareef] don’t need to [train with Kobe Bryant],” the proud celebrity dad said while promoting American Express’ Shop Small for 2X Rewards offer. The retired NBA star partnered with Jeremy Piven for a hilarious commercial in which the two are searching for the best beds for pint-sized dogs.
Shaq just may be right about his son possessing all of the tools that he needs to be successful in athletics. Colleges have been eyeing Shareef for more than a year because of his incredible skill on the basketball court. Shareef was one of a few to be given the opportunity to compete in the Nike Elite 100 last summer.
“Everyone says that I play like Kevin Durant or Anthony Davis, and I run the floor a lot. That’s one of my best qualities on the court,” Shareef said at the event. “It’s my first time doing [the Nike Elite 100], and I know I’m one of the youngest. So I’m having a lot of fun competing against the older guys.”
Giving the “older guys” a serious run for their money is something that Shareef’s dad could not do at the age of 16. “He’s really good,” Shaq told CBS Sports earlier this year. “Way better than I was [at his age],” the star father added.
Shareef is the second-oldest child of Shaq and ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal. The former couple co-parent five kids together.