Basketball legend Shaquille O Neal’s son Shareef might miss out his first semester at the University of California- Los Angeles due to a heart ailment that requires surgery.
Doctors discovered something wrong with Shareef’s heart when Shareef claimed to have felt funny after basketball practice during the summer of 2018. After close checkups and visits, doctors have recommended that Shareef stop playing basketball to undergo surgery. Information on what his ailment is was not revealed.
Stopping basketball would push Shareef back in his forward march in basketball at UCLA.
“I’m a little down,” O’Neal said. “I feel like I was at my peak of basketball going into my freshman year and coming out of a state championship in high school. I felt like I was at the top of my game right now, just trying to get better, just getting stronger, but then this happened.”
At 6’10 feet, O’Neal was set to make waves on the court and bring glory for the Bruins. O’Neal was one of five top-100 signees for UCLA in its 2018 signing class, and now that he’s taking time to recover, this might lead Moses Brown, Kenneth Nwuba, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley to play harder in the front line order to compensate for O’Neil’s absence.
During O’Neal’s recovery, he will regularly be attending school and resume in his regular activities that don’t require strenuous movements.
UCLA put out the following statement with regard to his health on Friday, September 28, 2018.
“Freshman Shareef O’Neal will be sidelined for the 2018-19 season (medical). He will remain enrolled in school and on the men’s basketball team during this redshirt year. The UCLA men’s basketball program completely supports Shareef and his family as he gets this issue resolved.”