News that former LSU forward Shareef O’Neal had a workout scheduled with the Los Angeles Lakers this week caught many off guard.
As the son of Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef has been a touted prospect for many years now.
That said, between his limited playing time in college and the fact that the Lakers don’t have a draft pick to spend on him this year, few saw a path for him to get to L.A.
If the front office deemed Shareef as a player worth pursuing, a pick would need to be acquired via draft or purchased.
In response to all the commotion regarding his Laker workout, Shareef posted this succinct 5-word message to Twitter:
All of this is earned
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) June 10, 2022
Reactions were largely what one would expect.
Gonna look good in that Purple & Gold!!
— Shawn Wood (@Sports8Stocks24) June 10, 2022
You deserve it family ..
— Monté Carlo (@rastagodfather) June 10, 2022
Future nba star
— su (@yvngxafricano) June 10, 2022
You averaged 3 points and 2 rebounds at your dads former school and now have a tryout with the Lakers … your dads former team. This is all being given https://t.co/LUNWsPsjne
— $mokegawd urameshi (@smokegawd3000) June 10, 2022
Shit like this BLOWS me. BOY Stop tryna act like SHAQ Name ain’t BRANDED on yo BACK. We ONLY Know you Because of SHAQ. What u EARN? What you Do? Salute to SHAQ tho https://t.co/jxJ99XoJhc
— Global Shake (@globalshake22) June 10, 2022
Shareef started his collegiate career at UCLA before heart surgery put things on pause. From there, he transferred to LSU.
Over the course of three seasons Shareef averaged 2.6 points in 11 minutes per game. Much like his dad, he shot quite poorly from the free throw line – below 50 percent.
The other issue with Shareef is that he is a bit undersized to play center in the NBA. With Anthony Davis out nonstop partying, getting extra skinny in the offseason and being perpetually hurt, a big man backup that the Lakers could rely on wouldn’t be a bad idea.
If only Christian McCaffrey could be as lucky on the field as he is off it. https://t.co/otBjN0F1eU
— Game 7 (@game7__) June 10, 2022
It’s just hard to see Shareef being that guy.
Will the heir apparent to the O’Neal family throne be able to shock the world, make the Lakers and turn into a valuable contributor at the next level?
Time will tell.