Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal changed the game of basketball when it came to big men; it looks like his son is a game changer as well.
Over the course of his 19-year career, O’Neal put up 28,596 points, 13,099 rebounds, and 2,732 blocks playing for six teams – most notably the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Miami Heat.
Just as impressive as his numbers are Shaq’s accolades.
He’s a four-time NBA champion (three-time Finals MVP), two-time scoring champ, 15-time All-Star, was the 1993 Rookie of the Year and 2000 NBA MVP. It isn’t a shock that O’Neal was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and it shouldn’t be a shock that he passed down his basketball genes to his son, Shareef.
Shaq Won Three Titles In L.A. And One In Miami
But before having his No. 34 retired by the Lakers and his No. 32 by the Heat, before the All-NBA Team nods and trophies, O’Neal was a standout player at LSU.
So much so, in fact, that O’Neal was named the SEC Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and the college national player of the year in 1991.
Just like in Los Angeles and Miami, LSU retired his number 33 jersey.
Shaq Was The No. 1 Over Draft Pick By Orlando In ’92
It seems in more ways than one, the apple did not fall far from the 7’1″, 325-pound tree.
Shaq’s 17-year-old son Shareef had received plenty of interest from major programs across the country. The younger O’Neal recently showed that just being the son of one of the game’s greatest isn’t why he’s getting attention, it’s because of genes he inherited and the work he’s put in.
Shaq: “He’s Way Better Than I Was…”
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 11, 2017
Shareef, a power forward for Crossroads School in L.A., is a five-star recruit, currently the 19th ranked player in the 2018 class according to ESPN.