Shaq's Son Pulls Out of Arizona Commitment

Ross Houston
February 25, 2018

O'Neal, the 18-year-old son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, announced his intent to decommit from the school on Saturday in the wake of the Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal plaguing the Wildcats and coach Sean Miller. "I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me".

The explosive report led Miller not to coach Saturday's game against OR, although Ayton still played.

The dominoes around Arizona's basketball program continue to fall in the wake of new allegations involving coach Sean Miller and freshman star Deandre Ayton.

"At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team".

The loss of O'Neal is a blow to Arizona's already uncertain future.

The 6-9, 200-pound forward at Crossroads School in Los Angeles is a four-star recruit and ranked the 28th top prospect in the 2018 class by He is best known for his ability to run the floor, alter shots in the paint and finish above the rim.

Before aligning himself with Arizona, he was rumored to be going to the University of Kentucky, whose mascot is also the Wildcats, or to follow his basketball legend dad's footsteps by becoming a tiger at Louisiana State University.

It's not clear which schools O'Neal will consider now that his recruitment is back on again. He originally committed to the Wildcats over UCLA, LSU and Southern California, among others.

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