LSU redshirt junior forward Shareef O'Neal, son of Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal, elected to forgo his remaining eligibility to stay in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Even though he went undrafted, O'Neal was immediately signed by the Lakers to compete on their Summer League team.
The 22-year-old will make his Lakers debut at the California Classic Summer League on Saturday, July 2nd.
Get to know more about Shareef O'Neal and his path to the NBA below.
Shareef O'Neal NBA Draft scouting report
According to ESPN's Top 100, O'Neal was a four-star recruit and the No. 32-ranked player in the class of 2018 coming out of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Calif.
In his class, he was ranked as the ninth-best player at his position, the second-best player in his region and the No. 1 player in the state.
O'Neal had offers from Arizona, UCLA, Baylor, California, Georgetown, Kansas State, LSU and USC, and he originally committed to Arizona. After Arizona was under fire due to an FBI probe into corruption in college hoops, O'Neal de-committed from the school and elected to commit to UCLA.
O'Neal had to redshirt his freshman season after undergoing surgery for a heart condition, but he took the floor for UCLA in 2019-20. Over 13 games, O'Neal averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds.
He transferred to LSU, his father's alma mater, following his redshirt freshman season, playing two years with the Tigers. Over two seasons, O'Neal appeared in 24 games, averaging 2.8 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.4 minutes.
O'Neal's best game this past season came against Missouri, where he went for nine points, seven rebounds and one block in 19 minutes of action in a win for LSU.
Once the season ended, O'Neal entered the transfer portal again before deciding to test the NBA waters.
Comparing Shareef O'Neal to Shaquille O'Neal in college
This goes without saying, but Shareef is incomparable to his father. To be fair, there were few college basketball players ever who were as dominant as Shaq.
In three seasons at LSU, Shaq averaged 21.6 points, 13.5 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game. In 1990-91, the season he was voted AP Player of the Year, Shaq averaged a jaw-dropping 27.6 points, 14.7 rebounds, 5.0 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 62.8 percent from the field.
Sports-Reference had Shaq listed at 7-1, 325 lbs. at LSU. For comparison, Shareef was listed at 6-10, 220 lbs. in college.
O'Neal was invited to the G League Elite Camp in Chicago, which occurs the same week as the NBA Draft Combine.
The G League Elite Camp is a three-day event that gives NBA Draft prospects an opportunity to showcase their skills in front of NBA and NBA G League scouts, coaches and front-office executives.
You can find O'Neal's measurements from the G League Elite camp below.
- Height (w/ shoes): 6'10.5"
- Weight: 207.6 lbs.
- Body fat: 5.7 percent
- Hand dimensions length, width: 9.0 inches, 10.25 inches
- Standing reach: 8'10
- Wingspan: 7'1.25"
O'Neal had a strong showing in his one scrimmage, going for 11 points, 10 rebounds and three assists while shooting 5-for-10 from the field in 21 minutes.
O'Neal went undrafted, but he immediately signed with the Lakers to join their Summer League team and compete for a roster spot – be it the NBA or the G League team.
O'Neal will make his Lakers' Summer League debut on Saturday, July 2nd.
Lakers Summer League schedule
Lakers California Classic schedule
The Warriors, Lakers, Kings and Heat are the four teams participating in the California Classic. Every team will face off once.
|Date||Teams||Time (ET)||TV Channel (US)|
|Saturday, July 2||Lakers vs. Heat||5:00 PM||ESPN2|
|Saturday, July 2||Kings vs. Warriors||7:30 PM||NBATV|
|Sunday, July 3||Heat vs. Kings||5:00 PM||NBATV|
|Sunday, July 3||Lakers vs. Warriors||7:30 PM||NBATV|
|Tuesday, July 5||Warriors vs. Heat||3:00 PM||NBATV|
|Tuesday, July 5||Kings vs. Lakers||5:30 PM||NBATV|