Shaq's son Shareef O'Neal to undergo heart surgery

Shareef O'Neal will miss his freshman season at UCLA after undergoing heart surgery

Shareef O'Neal will miss his freshman season at UCLA after undergoing heart surgery

Shaq's collegiate superstar son, Shareef O'Neal, will miss his inaugural season playing for the UCLA Bruins as he's set to have major heart surgery. As a precaution, UCLA's doctors gave him a heart monitor to wear, giving him the ability to alert them with the push of a button. He thanked UCLA's medical staff for detecting the condition in an interview with TMZ Sports. Just a little bump in the road.

He was ranked ninth in his position in the class of 2018 and 32nd on the ESPN 100. He originally committed to Arizona but backed out after the Wildcats were implicated in the FBI investigation of corruption in college basketball.

The school announced Friday that O'Neal, whose father, Shaquille, played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association, would be sidelined for the 2018-19 season for medical reasons.

O'Neal, a 6-foot-9 power forward and the No. 41 recruit in the class of 2018, according to scouting service 247Sports, will take a medical redshirt his freshman year, which allows him to remain on scholarship at UCLA and preserve all four years of eligibility.

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Basketball legend, Earvin "Magic" Johnson sent well wishes to the young star on social media.

In the TMZ Sports video, O'Neal stressed that he will return. The answer is absolutely not. "During rehab, I'll be attending my classes and being a normal student", said Shareef.

UCLA released a statement of support for Shareef and his family.

O'Neal said the news has been hard to endure. Like I said, I will be back. "I feel like I was at my peak of basketball going into my freshman year and coming out of a state championship in high school". I felt like I was at the top of my game right now. I really wanted this year I felt like I was at my best but this is just a minor setback.my health is most important over everything. like I said.

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