Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaquille and Shaunie O’Neal, has announced that he will miss the entire 2018-2019 basketball season AT UCLA due to a heart condition.
“Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue … I am very blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last breathe .. I will not be able to participate in sports this year but I will be back in no time … I want to thank god for looking out for me , I want to thank UCLA , my teammates and most importantly my family … this is just a small bump on the road and I gotta push through it .. I am very down about not being able to do sport I love .. I really wanted this year I felt like I was at my best but this is just a minor setback.. my health is most important over everything .. like I said .. I WILL BE BACK.. thank you,” Shareef wrote on social media.
O’Neal said that UCLA doctors discovered a heart issue during a routine check; He plans to stay enrolled in school and take classes while recovering from surgery.
The 6-foot-10 forward was recruited to UCLA as a four-star prospect. He was ranked ninth in his position in the class of 2018 and 32nd on the ESPN 100.