(Los Angeles, CA) – NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef O’Neal’s college career has been delayed after a medical diagnosis that will force him to miss the upcoming basketball season. Shareef made the announcement on his Instagram page. The 18-year old is thankful UCLA doctors caught the condition early and he reassured fans that the ordeal isn’t life threatening but just a bump in the road.
Shareef says after heart surgery he’ll be out for a couple of months and during rehab he’ll be observing, going to class and being a regular student. The Freshman says he began feeling funny during summer practice and subsequent testing showed something serious was going on.
The 6’9 baller says he’s a little bummed out because he felt like he was at the top of his game heading into UCLA after winning the high school state championship. But he’s optimistic and told all the kids out there that the road to success isn’t always going to be easy.