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Could Shareef O’Neil be an Option for Kentucky’s 2018 Class?

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This FBI pay for play scandal is completely changing the landscape of college basketball and it could have an immediate impact on not only this season but the 2018 recruiting class.


The news broke tonight that the FBI has wire-tapped conversations with Arizona head coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to secure DeAndre Ayton’s commitment, a former five-star, and current Arizona Wildcat. The reports match the same amount that Brian Bowen received to commit to Louisville last summer, so it’s clear that there was a benchmark amount for certain players.


The news about Miller and Arizona appears to have one top recruit thinking about his future, as Shareef O’Neal tweeted out the following message after the report surfaced Friday night.



O’Neal is the son of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal, who has been on record saying he would love for Shareef to play for someone like John Calipari. With tonight’s news, there is no way O’Neal will be in an Arizona uniform next season and he didn’t sign his letter of intent in November. Instead, he signed final aid papers, which is not a binding agreement.


Kentucky is in desperate need of a big man for the 2018 class and O’Neal could be a name to watch. It will interesting to see how this plays out over the next few months and I’m sure Shaq will speak publicly at some point.






  1. Biscuit Lickin Bulldog

    February 24, 2018 at 2:12 am02

    The FBI has over 1,000 hours of wiretaps and tons of documents. You’ve got to be out of your mind if you think Coach Cal is going to come out of this unscathed. Scandal follows that man everywhere and he has consistently had top recruiting classes. Some of his players were already implicated in the agent’s account file. I think there is nothing wrong with paying players but the NCAA does. Shareef won’t leave one place that’s about to be sanctioned for another.

  2. Pam Schutte

    February 24, 2018 at 2:12 am02

    Really, how much do follow Coach Cal. First of all, those are only allegations , second one of those was after the player left Kentucky and one other is a lunch meeting that may not even have taken place. It is funny that you did not mention the fact that North Carolina or Duke were also listed in the investigation, or that nothing has been done about North Carolina’s fake classes.

  3. Biscuit Lickin Bulldog

    February 24, 2018 at 2:12 pm02

    Pam I don’t need to mention UNC or Duke because they will be going down too. UNC didnt get punished because that whole department was part of a grade inflation scheme for the entire school, not just athletes. All the big schools will be punished once this FBI investigation is done. Small schools do it too and I am sure some of them are among the 50 implicated here. Pretty much every school does pay or arrange benefits that are outside the rules because sports generate money directly and through keeping alumni interested. I obviously know more about Coach Cal than you. He broke the rules at UMass with Marcus Camby and he broke the rules at Memphis with Derrick Rose. There is no way he’s been on the straight and narrow while consistently getting the best recruiting classes year in and year out.

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