Prospect Shareef O'Neal decommits from Arizona amid scandal

Ruben Hill
February 25, 2018

The dominoes around Arizona's basketball program continue to fall in the wake of new allegations involving coach Sean Miller and freshman star Deandre Ayton.

In addition to its star freshman's eligibility and its coach's job both being in jeopardy, Arizona's entanglement in the Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal has now cost it a heralded recruit.

O'Neal, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille, is a senior at Crossroads School in Los Angeles.

"At this time I am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team", O'Neal tweeted.

O'Neal, now ranked as the 29th-best overall prospect in the class of 2018 by ESPN, had been committed to Arizona since last April.

Brandon Williams' father said his family will discuss tonight whether or not Williams will decommit from Arizona Wildcats, which Shareef O'Neal already has.

The top 50 recruit didn't receive an offer from Kentucky, per 247 Sports.

O'Neal originally committed to Arizona nearly two years ago, but he left himself some wiggle room after the FBI investigation first ensnared the Wildcats in September.

O'Neal signed with Arizona in November, which means he'll likely need to get a release from the program before he can look elsewhere.

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