UCLA freshman basketball player Shareef O’Neal – the son of Shaquille O’Neal – will sit out this season due to heart surgery.

The 6 foot 10 inch O’Neal was a four-star recruit out of Crossroads High School in Santa Monica.

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Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue … I am very blessed to be here living today, one of those moments on the court could’ve been my last breathe .. I will not be able to participate in sports this year but I will be back in no time … I want to thank God for looking out for me , I want to thank UCLA , my teammates and most importantly my family … this is just a small bump on the road and I gotta push through it .. I am very down about not being able to do sport I love .. I really wanted this year I felt like I was at my best but this is just a minor setback.. my health is most important over everything .. like I said .. I WILL BE BACK.. thank you ❤️❤️❤️

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“Recently I found out I had a serious heart issue,” O’Neal wrote on Instagram. “I am very blessed to be here living today.”


He was part of a UCLA recruiting class ranked third in the country behind Duke and Kentucky.

Via: ABC Sports