Shareef O’Neal said he plans to stay in Westwood for a while.
The UCLA basketball commit doesn’t expect to be one-and-done with the Bruins.
“I feel like I have a lot of time to develop, and I have a lot of stuff to prove so I really don’t plan on doing one year unless I completely take over,” O’Neal explained, per CBS Sports’ Jamal Murphy. “But I’m going to try to do a couple years because I feel like I have time to develop and financially I’m not in one of those situations. So I have time to develop.”
O’Neal, son of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, can take his time to develop his skills at UCLA. Many players rush to go to the next level in pursuit of a lucrative NBA payday to assist their families. O’Neal doesn’t need to do that with his father having earned $700 million in his career, according to Forbes.
The 6-foot-9 power forward committed to UCLA after de-committing from Arizona in the wake of the program being tied to the FBI’s investigation into NCAA basketball. O’Neal is part of a 2018 recruiting class that is ranked No. 4 in the nation by 247Sports.