The 22-year-old son of NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will play for the developmental team in Nevada next season Shareef O’Neal, the 22-year-old son of basketball royalty Shaquille O’Neal, is one step closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.
The developmental Ignite team is a productive next step for O’Neal, who struggled to keep up with top draft picks during his summer league debut with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to The Athletic, multiple teams around the league were “intrigued” with O’Neal’s “athleticism and pedigree throughout” the pre-draft and summer league schedule last month.
Based in Henderson, Nevada, O’Neal’s new team is a “first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft,” per their official website.
We’re both grown, we’ll get past it,” Shareef told ESPN, adding that he wanted to “better himself through” pre-draft workouts with teams in the league.
Prior to signing with the team, Shareef played power forward for the LSU Tigers, the same team his father played for before the Orlando Magic selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 1992 NBA Draft.
“He didn’t do any pre-draft workouts; he just got straight on the [Orlando Magic], so it’s a different grind,” Shareef said of his father’s journey to the NBA.
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