Being the son of the most dominant big man of the last 20 years probably comes with a ton of pressure. This is the issue that Shareef O’Neal faces. His dad is Shaquille O’Neal, meaning that whenever Shareef plays basketball, someone is invariably going to compare him to his Hall of Fame father.
But the thing is, Shareef seems to embrace the challenge that comes from being Shaq’s son. It’s worked out for him so far – the class of 2018 prospect is an Arizona commit and the No. 30 player in America, according to his 247Sports Composite rating. He is listed at 6’9, 204 pounds, and when Bleacher Report’s Dave Schilling asked him which NBA players he is comparable to, he mentioned Kevin Durant, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Schilling also decided to ask him about the controversial Ball family and what it’s like as an amateur baller with the spotlight on you. Because of his last name, Shareef understands what that’s like and had this to say about handling that pressure.