Shaq's son, Shareef, decommits from Arizona amid scandal

CBS SPORTS - Shareef O'Neal, the son of Shaquille O'Neal, backed up off an early pledge to Arizona on Saturday.

"At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team," O'Neal tweeted. "I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year."

The news comes just a day after ESPN released a report alleging Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a key figure in the FBI's investigation into college basketball, had a conversation discussing a payment for DeAndre Ayton.

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Crossroads standout committed to the Wildcats on April 19th, over Kentucky, Oregon, UCLA and a host of other high major schools.

O'Neal didn't sign a Letter of Intent in November, instead opting to sign non-binding scholarship papers.

This past spring and summer, O'Neal played for Cal Supreme Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. O'Neal averaged 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds a game.

"O'Neal is an athletic four man with good size and length who can really shoot it," 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Josh Gershon said. "He's a prototypical stretch four given his shooting ability but also has the size and athleticism to play inside. His physical tools give him upside as a rebounder and defender."

O'Neal is ranked No. 33 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

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