It’s difficult to say whether the rivalry between LaMelo Ball and Shareef O’Neal is genuine or a product of media hype and manufactured conflict. Either way, the two are among the most highly-touted prospects currently playing at the high school level.
With O’Neal heading to Arizona to play college ball and LaMelo continuing the UCLA-Ball legacy, they’re sure to meet head-to-head plenty of times. That is of course, if O’Neal sticks around the NCAA for more than one season.
Both players are likely to follow the trend of playing one season to meet the NBA Draft eligibility requirement and moving on to a professional career. Ball is currently committed to UCLA for the 2019 season, meaning O’Neal would need to stick around long enough to become an upperclassmen for the two to ever meet on the court in college.
With TMZ catching up to O’Neal at what appears to be an airport, Baby Kazaam discusses his father’s LaVar Ball diss track, the budding Ball-O’Neal rivalry and his future.
The son of NBA legend Shaquielle O’Neal has all the tools you could ask for in a future NBA star. He’s still growing, and some scouts feel there are areas of his game that will need finer tuning than one year in college would allow.
It’s become the norm for the ultra-talented to play one year of college ball and move on, but it isn’t necessarily the best course of action for everyone.