Shaquille O’Neal’s son, Shareef O’Neal, will be undergoing a heart surgery and will be missing his freshman season at UCLA because of the heart problem.
Shareef O’Neal’s heart problem was discovered by UCLA doctors who were conducting a routine checkup, and he is expected to undergo a corrective heart surgery. Shaquille O’Neal’s son who confirmed he is down with a heart problem, wrote on Instagram;
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
O’Neal officially signed a letter of intent to play at UCLA in August, adding another marquee name to one of the nation’s best freshman classes for the 2018-19 season.
“Shareef has made great strides throughout his high school career,” Bruins head coach Steve Alford told reporters last month. “He’s an outstanding addition to our incoming class and brings a terrific combination of size, skill and athleticism.
“We love the length and height of this year’s team, and Shareef is really going to add to that dynamic. He has a terrific frame, one that will allow him to continue improving on both sides of the floor.”
Shareef O’Neal, 18, is a 4-star prospect who ranked as the No. 8 power forward and No. 41 overall player in the 2018 recruiting class.