The Arizona Wildcats might need some extra security guards for the 2018-19 basketball season.

The son of two high-profile parents, four-star 2018 forward Shareef O’Neal of Santa Monica, California, announced Wednesday morning he committed to the Wildcats over UCLA, Kentucky and USC.

His father is NBA star Shaquille O’Neal — who was closely shadowed by a guard during an unofficial visit to UA with his son last November — and his mother, Shaunie, is an executive producer for VH1’s Basketball Wives reality TV show.

Shareef, meanwhile, is the 36th-best player in the class of 2018, according to, more of a face-up forward than a dominating inside presence like his father was.

“He has a good frame, long arms, and he’s athletic,” analyst Josh Gershon said. “He can shoot it for a four-man. He’s much more comfortable facing up and shooting than with his back to the basket, but he does have some back-to-basket game in him. The biggest key with him is his motor, playing hard every single time out. If he can do that, he’ll be a good player.” 

Sportswriter for the Arizona Daily Star covering Arizona Wildcats basketball