UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal took to social media this week to announce that he has been officially cleared to play basketball again. Before the start of the 2018-2019 college basketball season, medical examiners discovered a heart complication O’Neal had that would ultimately sideline him for the entire year.
O’Neal underwent successful heart surgery four months ago and is eager to get back on the court.
In the post, which was sent out on Instagram, the former four-star recruit can be seen jogging and partaking in a physical examination which most likely cleared him to return to the court.
With O’Neal’s freshman year seemingly lost, it’s nice to know that he still has four years of eligibility left at UCLA. The talented freshman was allowed to take a redshirt year while on medical leave which kept his eligibility intact.
The Bruins should be quite excited to get their star freshman back. O’Neal was the second-highest ranked recruit in UCLA’s recruiting class. However, the Bruins finished off this season with a 17-16 overall record and a 9-9 mark in conference play. UCLA failed to make the NCAA Tournament which led to head coach Steve Alford being fired midway through the 2018-19 campaign.
UCLA will look to O’Neal next year to hopefully lead their program back to its rightful glory.