Shareef O'Neal to have Heart Surgery and miss 1st year at UCLA

2018-09-28

Shareef O'Neal to have Heart Surgery and miss 1st year at UCLA

Shareef O'Neal, one of the most highly recruited players of the 2018 class will miss the 2018-19 season because of a recently discovered heart problem. O'Neal, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal recently found this issue when UCLA's medical staff went through a normal medical checkup, he's expected to undergo surgery to correct the issue.

Per Shareef through Instagram "Blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last... I will be back basketball world .. just wait on me ❤️ I’ll miss you this year but you will always be with me". 

O'Neal was one of five top-100 signees for UCLA in its 2018 signing class, and was expected to make an early impact for the Bruins. We look forward to his recovery and a great Redshirt Freshman season to come.