Shaquille O'Neal on son Shareef: He doesn't need to train with Kobe

The product of good genes, Shareef O'Neal, the son of Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal, is one of the best high school prospects in the country. O'Neal has been starring in a plethora of high school mixtape videos for quite some time now, and he is being recruited by several top Division-I schools like USC.

According to 247Sports, O'Neal is the No. 16 player in the class of 2018.

O'Neal is 6-foot-9 and quite agile for his size. He was also supposed to train with Kobe Bryant this summer and learn some tricks from the former Lakers superstar, but according to Shaq, that training session never actually materialized.

"[Shareef] don't need to [train with Bryant]," O'Neal told CBS Sports while promoting American Express' Shop Small for 2X Rewards offer "He's good."

Shareef is clearly "good" for a high schooler, but could O'Neal actually follow in his father's footsteps and be one of the next great big men? It is, of course, too early to tell, but Shaq strongly believes in his son and thinks Shareef is better than he was when he was as a junior in high school.

"He's really good," O'Neal told CBS Sports. "Way better than I was [at his age]. [Shareef] has a lot of colleges looking at him and I am very, very proud of him."

Shaq was dominant in high school, leading Robert G. Cole High School in San Antonio to a 68-1 record in his two years there and the state title as a senior. So his claim that his son is better than he was is a bit, shall we say, bold. Of course based on his track record, making bold claims is nothing new for Shaq.

But as a proud father, Shaq has every reason to be bragging about his son. Shareef will have the pick of the litter when it comes to college and according to his father, has already narrowed his choices to Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, North Carolina and LSU. Also, Shareef can easily dunk on his dad.

One thing is for certain though. If Shareef O'Neal continues on the path he's on, Shaq's proclamation that both of his sons will make the league will very likely become at least half true.

CBS Sports Writer

Ananth Pandian has been writing about all NBA-related things including the social and lifestyle aspect of the sport for CBS Sports since 2015. His name is actually easy to pronounce, just remember it is... Full Bio

Show Comments Hide Comments
Our Latest Stories