Shaquille O’Neal’s daughter Me’Arah O’Neal makes bold declaration as she steps out of her dad’s shadow with crucial choice at the age of 17.
There are other great young hoopers in the O’Neal family besides Shareef O’Neal, Shaq’s kid.
Me’Arah, his youngest daughter, has actually fully arrived and is prepared to leave her mark.
Me’Arah committed to the Florida Gators over her father’s beloved university, LSU, after being chosen for this week’s McDonald’s All-American game.
The 17-year-old has been under a lot of pressure since a young age; in 2016, during his entrance speech into the Hall of Fame, her father declared that she would become the best female basketball player of all time.
Me’Arah, a 6-foot-3 forward with excellent three-point shooting ability, is a dynamic player. She excels at rebounding, plays physical defense, and enjoys blocking shots from the weak side.
Shaq claims he was completely excluded from the decision to choose Florida over LSU.
“I did advise her to go where she is needed, not where she is wanted,” he said to ESPN. “Because it might take some time if you go where you’re wanted and they have other people who are similar to you.” I want my children to travel and experience life on their own terms.
In the 2024 recruiting class, Me’Arah is rated No. 33 overall by ESPN’s HoopGurlz Recruiting Rankings.
She still has a ways to go in creating her own personality, but stepping out of her father’s shadow will be her next obstacle.
It’s also obvious that her career is still in its prime.