LOS ANGELES—UCLA basketball recruit Shareef O’Neal is out for the season after having heart surgery. A problem with his heart was discovered during a checkup by UCLA doctors, prompting surgery. Shaquille O’Neal’s son will redshirt this year. According to ESPN, the four star recruit is ranked 32 in the recruiting class.
He attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica. He stands 6 feet and 10 inches tall and weighs 210 pounds. O’Neal, a power forward, was extremely grateful that his condition was caught by the doctors. On his Instagram, O’Neal wrote:
“Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue…I am very blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last breathe…I will not be able to participate in sports this year but I will be back in no time.”
After the departure of Lonzo Ball, the Bruins have struggled. They finished the season with a record of 21-12. The Bruins will have to wait one more year before O’Neal can play and help ignite the team.