Shaquille O’Neal son Shareef might likely play for LSU to reach NBA compared to other two school options: Michigan State and Kentucky. However, he might also opt for Kentucky because he knew the coach personally.
Former NBA player mentioned he wanted his son Shareef to play for either of the three schools in Kentucky, at Michigan State or at Louisiana State University.
“I would like my son to play for a coach that’s going to teach him next-level stuff. I have three in mind: Johnny Jones, LSU, because I know him personally, Calipari and the coach from Michigan State … Tom Izzo,” he said.
“I’ve told my son many times, it’s your decision and it is [his] decision … I need somebody that’s gonna curse him out, treat him like a man. Those three guys are the ones I would like him to play for,” Shaq added.
Shareef knew about what his father said in his popular podcast “The Big Podcast with Shaq.” He didn’t deny the details especially the three schools he might possibly attend next. However, his decision varied depending on how his dad Shaquille O’Neal sees the differences between these schools.
“My dad actually wants me to lean towards Kentucky. He has a good friendship with the coach there. I know a lot about that school because a lot of kids dream about going there. I like their style of play,” Shareef cited.
In Shaq’s podcast, he clearly described why he wanted either Kentucky or LSU as his son’s options to improve his playing style and his discipline towards the sport.
According to him, he wanted Shareef to learn the game at a higher level. He revealed that his father did the same with he was young. Hence, Shaquille also desired to do the same for his own son, 247sports reported.
“The reason why Kentucky [was] because the potential my father saw in me and him knowing that I was gonna go to the next level, I definitely see it in Shareef,” he mentioned.
“The reason why he trusted me with Dale Brown was because he knew Dale Brown could get me to that next level. Not playing-wise or coaching-wise … discipline-wise,” Shaquille O’Neal continued.
At the end of his podcast, he stated LSU can be a great option plainly because they pay their athletes well. “LSU pays very well. I’m just playing. I’m just playing,” he exclaimed.
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