NBA draft hopeful Shareef O’Neal, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, is slated to visit one of his father’s former teams, according to reports.
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to send in O’Neal for a pre-draft workout in the coming days, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic.
O’Neal will travel to Los Angeles as part of a demanding schedule. Buha also mentioned that he worked out for the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, and that he had visits planned with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks, and Washington Wizards, among others.
O’Neal was judged eligible to be taken in this year’s draft earlier this week, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. Earlier in the draft process, his name had been inadvertently included to a list of withdrawals.
In March, O’Neal announced his intention to move from LSU, his father’s alma university. After transferring from UCLA, where he began his college career after decommitting from Arizona in 2018, the 22-year-old played two seasons with the Tigers.
O’Neal, a four-star recruit out of high school, was ranked by 247Sports as the No. 41 overall player and No. 8 power forward in his class. Due to a string of injuries during his college career, he never got the chance to show his full ability.
Any team that picks O’Neal is taking a chance because he hasn’t demonstrated he can remain healthy for long periods of time. O’Neal is more likely to be considered as a future developmental piece who might benefit from spending time in the NBA G League.