The dominoes around Arizona’s basketball program continue to fall in the wake of new allegations involving coach Sean Miller and freshman star Deandre Ayton. The latest is the loss of a prized recruit for 2019.
At this time I'm am opening up my recruitment due to the current events with the UofA Bball team.I would like to thank all the coaches for recruiting me. At the time my family and I think it's in my best interest to look at other options to assure my play in the NCAA next year.
— Shareef O’Neal (@SSJreef) February 24, 2018
Shareef O’Neal is the son of NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal. A 4-star power forward, the 6-foot-9 O’Neal is rated by 247Sports as the No. 33 player in the 2019 class. He signed a financial aid agreement with Arizona in November rather than the traditional national letter of intent, thus making it easier to back out of that pledge.
O’Neal’s decision comes one night after ESPN reported that Miller was caught on tape discussing a $100,000 payment to ensure Ayton signed with Arizona for the 2017-18 season. Miller will r eportedly not coach the Wildcats tonight at Oregon, while Ayton’s status remains uncertain.
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