Shareef O’Neal Cleared To Play Ball At UCLA After Heart Surgery

The son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has been cleared to resume basketball activities with no limitations.

UCLA freshman Shareef O’Neal announced Tuesday that he has been cleared play with no limitations after undergoing serious heart surgery back in December.

O’Neal revealed the news via Twitter with a video with the caption, “SSJREFF IS OFFICIALLY CLEARED.”


The son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal sat out his freshman season at UCLA after doctors discovered an issue with his heart during a preseason checkup.

Shortly after the discovery, it was announced that he would be sidelined for the entire 2018-19 season.

At the time, the university released a statement saying, “He will remain enrolled in class and on the men’s basketball team during this redshirt year. The UCLA men’s basketball program completely supports Shareef and his family as he gets this issue resolved.”

O’Neal also thanked those who stuck by his side during this time.

O’Neal, 19, was the second-highest ranked recruit in UCLA’s top-10 recruiting class according to CBS Sports.

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