Shareef O’Neal is following in his father’s Hall of Fame footsteps.
Shareef, the oldest son of Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal, announced that he is transferring from UCLA to LSU, where Shaq was a two-time All-American.
“Real big footsteps,” Shareef told Sports Illustrated of his decision. “But I’m ready for it. Great program. Louisiana is a different scene. I’ve been in L.A. most of my life, but I’m ready for it.”
O’Neal, who is 6-foot-9, played in 13 games for the Bruins this season before announcing last month that he would be transferring. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game.
He was a medical redshirt his first year at UCLA after he was diagnosed with a right anomalous coronary artery. Doctors cleared him to return to the court last March following open-heart surgery.
Shaq played for the Tigers from 1989 to 1992 and was named the Associated Press’ men’s college basketball player of the year in 1991. His No. 33 jersey is retired by the school.