Me’Arah O’Neal, Daughter of LSU Star Shaq, Makes Her College Choice
In a recent development in the world of college basketball, Me'Arah O'Neal, the daughter of basketball legend Shaquille O'Neal, has made her college choice, opting not to follow in her father's footsteps at Louisiana State University (LSU). Instead, Me'Arah, a highly-touted recruit, has committed to play for the University of Florida Gators.
Me'Arah O'Neal, the youngest of Shaquille O'Neal's four children, had narrowed down her choices to several prominent basketball programs, including LSU, Tennessee, Baylor, University of California, Arizona State, University of Kentucky, and Georgia Tech. This selection process was closely followed by basketball enthusiasts and was shared on her Instagram account.
Standing at 6-foot-4, Me'Arah is a four-star recruit and holds the impressive 33rd rank in the espnW Top 100 list for the 2024 class, showcasing her significant potential and talent in the sport.
The decision comes after a notable visit to LSU in February, where she was accompanied by her father, Shaquille, an LSU alumnus and four-time NBA champion. Shaquille O'Neal expressed his delight and nostalgia in visiting his alma mater with his daughter in a heartfelt interview with ESPN.
Me'Arah's commitment to Florida marks a continuing legacy of the O'Neal family in college basketball. Her siblings have also pursued collegiate basketball careers: her brother Shareef played for both UCLA and LSU, her sister Amirah played for LSU and Texas Southern, and her brother Shaqir recently debuted with Texas Southern University on November 7.
Me'Arah's choice of the Florida Gators over LSU adds a new chapter to the O'Neal family's basketball story, and it's clear that she's taking her own path.
We'll undoubtedly follow her journey as she heads to Florida to continue pursuing her basketball dreams.
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