Shareef O’Neal, the son of former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, apparently had pre-draft practice with the Miami Heat and thanked the team for the opportunity.

O’Neal declared himself for next Thursday’s draft after playing three years in college. He spent one season at the University of California and the other two at LSU.

In college, O’Neal averaged just two points, three rebounds, and 0.1 assists. He shot 40% from the field and only 20% from the three-point line.

With those modest stats, it’s not guaranteed the Heat will pick him in the 2022 NBA Draft. In fact, he could end up being picked late in the second round or signed as a free agent.

Chances are O’Neal will have to move up the G League ranks, like Heat stalwarts Gabe Vincent, Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson. All went from undrafted players to rotational players in Miami.

O’Neal’s father is a Hall of Famer and considered one of the greatest players in NBA history. In 2006, he helped lead the Heat to their first championship, beating the Dallas Mavericks in six games. O’Neal is among five Heat players to retire, joining Tim Hardaway, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh.


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