Shareef O’Neal, the 22-year-old son of basketball royalty Shaquille O’Neal, is one step closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.
O’Neal signed a six-figure contract to play for the Nevada-based G League Ignite next season, The Athletic reported Monday. O’Neal confirmed the signing on his own social media, writing “VEGAS LETS DO IT !! Thank you Ignite,” on Twitter.
The developmental Ignite team is a productive next step for O’Neal, who struggled to keep up with top draft picks during his summer league debut with the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to The Athletic, multiple teams around the league were “intrigued” with O’Neal’s “athleticism and pedigree throughout” the pre-draft and summer league schedule last month. In his debut, O’Neal averaged 4.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 10.9 minutes per game.
Based in Henderson, Nevada, O’Neal’s new team is a “first-of-its-kind team dedicated to developing top young prospects in preparation for the NBA Draft,” per their official website.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Natasha Dye