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Me’Arah O’Neal, the daughter of NBA legend Shaq, is set to announce her college commitment this weekend in Houston. The news came as part of a lengthy ESPN profile about O’Neal’s journey as a player and her fight to leave her father’s shadow. Earlier this year, O’Neal revealed her eight finalists to be Arizona State, Baylor, Cal, Georgia Tech, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, and Tennessee. She will reveal her final decision at The Dream Center, the community center attached to her stepfather’s church. Reportedly, she told her father over lunch which school she intended to declare for earlier this week.
While O’Neal has her decision from a field of eight, she was initially approached by essentially every top program in the country. O’Neal is #33 on ESPN‘s Top 100 recruits for 2024. Furthermore, she is just one of nine recruits in the top 50 who are yet to declare for a college. “The word ‘elite’ is a little overused. But if you’re talking elite, she’s elite. There’s no question,” said ESPN’s director of recruiting analysis Shane Laflin.