Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaunie O’Neal and Shaq, won’t attend and play basketball for Arizona after all. The up-and-coming athlete de-committed from the Wildcats this past weekend amid scandalous rumors.
“At this time, I am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team,” Shareef tweeted. “I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it’s in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.”
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
Sparks began flying when FBI phone interceptions revealed that Wildcats Head Coach Sean Miller assured Deandre Ayton that he would receive $100,000 for signing with the Wildcats last year. Miller has since stepped away from coaching.
“I believe it is in the best interest of our team that I not coach the game tonight,” Miller said before Saturday’s meet. “I continue to fully support the University’s efforts to fully investigate this matter and am confident that I will be vindicated. For now, my thoughts are with our team. They are a great group of young men that will support each other and continue their pursuit of winning a Pac-12 championship.”
The certainty of the program remains unsettled. Meanwhile, Shareef looks to other possibilities for playing college ball in coming months.