UCLA hoops add Shareef O’Neal to incoming freshman class
Shareef O’Neal is officially a Bruin!
O’Neal, son of Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, will enroll in summer school this month after signing a grant-in-aid with UCLA.
O’Neal will join five other freshmen in the Bruins’ incoming class, including Jules Bernard, Moses Brown, Tyger Campbell, Kenneth Nwuba and David Singleton.
Welcome to Westwood, Shareef!
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O’Neal (6-foot-10, 220-pounds) was a force during his two seasons at Crossroads School in Santa Monica. During O’Neal’s senior season in 2017-18, the forward helped Crossroads to the CIF Division II state championship (59-53) with a 29-point, 7-rebound, 5-blocked shot performance vs. Alameda.
“Shareef has made great strides throughout his high school career,” said UCLA coach Steve Alford in a statement on Monday. “He’s an outstanding addition to our incoming class and brings a terrific combination of size, skill and athleticism. We love the length and height of this year’s team, and Shareef is really going to add to that dynamic. He has a terrific frame, one that will allow him to continue improving on both sides of the floor.
“With Shareef, you’re talking about a hard-working young man with tremendous upside, and his presence in our team’s frontcourt is a significant addition.”
O’Neal averaged 27 points per game as a senior at Crossroads, securing All-CIF Southern Section Division II acclaim.
It was the first state title for Crossroads (25-9 overall) since 1997.
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