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Shareef O’Neal to play for Lakers’ summer league team

Feb 26, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA;  LSU Tigers forward Shareef O'Neal (24) looks on during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Shareef O’Neal, son of basketball Hall of Fame member Shaquille O’Neal, will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Summer League.

The elder O’Neal won three NBA championships with the Lakers (2000-02).

A 6-foot-10 forward, Shareef O’Neal wasn’t selected in Thursday night’s NBA draft. He worked out with multiple teams, including the Lakers, in the pre-draft process.

He started his college career at UCLA in 2018-19 and redshirted because of a heart condition. He played part of the 2019-20 season for the Bruins, then transferred to LSU the following year.

In the 2021-22 season, O’Neal averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 14 games, averaging 9.2 minutes.

In 37 games (no starts) over one season with UCLA and two at LSU, he scored a total of 97 points and had 112 rebounds, 13 blocks and four assists.

In a pre-draft chat with reporters, Shareef O’Neal said he and his father disagreed about his basketball future.

“He didn’t want me to do this (enter the draft), and I know he probably doesn’t want me saying this, but sorry. We’re both grown, we’ll get past it,” the 22-year-old O’Neal said

“I know he’s an NBA legend, I know he’s my dad, but it was right in front of me, I had to go get it. So, if he likes it or not, it’s not really going to stop me from doing what I want to do.”

–Field Level Media