Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal to re-open recruitment after FBI investigation hits Arizona

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Elite forward prospect Shareef O’Neal has de-committed from Arizona in the wake of reports that Arizona’s Sean Miller was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment with an agent.

Miller hasn’t yet been fired, but it may only be a matter of time before the school takes action. He will not coach the Wildcats against Oregon on Saturday.

O’Neal, son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, signed financial-aid papers with the Wildcats back in November, but that agreement is non-binding.

Kentucky was recruiting O’Neal hard before he opted to go with Miller. It would make sense for John Calipari to get back in the race for the talented big man, as the Wildcats do not currently have a big in the 2018 class.

Five-star Kentucky point guard signee Immanuel Quickley is doing some recruiting on Calipari’s behalf. He tweeted at O’Neal on Saturday night.

Back in 2016, Shaq said publicly that he wanted his son to play for Kentucky, Michigan State or LSU. The Spartans are in middle of their own troubles right now, and LSU is still in a rebuilding stage under Will Wade.

“My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky,” the younger O’Neal told 247Sports in 2016.”He has a good friendship with the coach there. I know a lot about that school because a lot of kids dream about going there. I like their style of play.”

According to the 247Sports composite, O’Neal is the No. 9 power forward and the No. 33 overall player in the class of 2018. He’s currently a 4-star prospect and is listed at 6-foot-9, 204 pounds.

Expect Kentucky to stay in this battle until the very end.

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