UCLA basketball star Shareef o’Neal, whose dad is legendary former player Shaquille, will undergo heart surgery to correct an undisclosed issue that was discovered during a routine exam.
“Thank God the UCLA medical staff caught it early,” O’Neal told TMZ Sports.
Shareef has been relying on his parents through the unexpected ordeal, which has to be terrifying for the 18 year old standout. But he says it won’t stop his education, or his athletic aspirations, although he will miss the 2018-2019 season.
“During rehab, I’ll be attending my classes and being a normal student”, he said.
“A lot of people are asking if it’s career-ending,” said O’Neal, adding, “The answer is absolutely not. It’s just a little bump in the road and I’ll be back in no time.”
O’Neal declined to identify the specific condition that requires surgery.