Updated on 6/26/22. Written by Alan Lu.
2022 Rankings were finalized on 6/23/22.
Classification: Redshirt Junior
Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Handles the ball fairly well for a big man
Needs to improve his shooting
Can miss shots wildly around the basket
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
Not an elite rebounder
Not an elite shot blocker
Didn’t get much playing time in college basketball
Shareef O’Neal was a highly touted recruit that played for UCLA before transferring to LSU, but he didn’t get much playing time at either school. He was an underachiever as a player in college, and he was a benchwarmer in the past three seasons in college basketball.
Still, he managed to score an invite to the 2022 G-League Elite Camp, and he played better than expected there, and he was able to open up some eyes at that event. He showed solid athleticism, an emerging face-up game, and he also rebounded and defended much better than anticipated. His fairly solid performance there still doesn’t wash out his extreme lack of production or playing time in college basketball, and O’Neal is unlikely to be selected in the 2022 draft. He will need to hone his game in the G-League or overseas, but if he can play like how he did at the G-League Elite Camp and work hard to realize his full potential, O’Neal could end up being a backup center in the NBA someday.
5/17/22 Day 2 of the 2022 G-League Elite Camp
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