Sunday, June 25, 2017

Shareef O'Neal NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-10 - 205 - PF - Arizona

Shaq's son is a high level combo forward prospect who possesses nice athleticism and an emerging offensive game.

Pros
O'Neal is a fluid athlete who is well coordinated, has good strength and a solid build. He runs the court well and has nice leaping ability, allowing him to make plays above the rim. He's a high level dunker and has nice touch around the basket. On the defensive end he show's great timing as a weak-side shot blocker and impressive length and leaping ability.

Although he projects as a power forward, O'Neal shows a lot of small forward traits and is developing nice perimeter skills including an improved handle and expanded range on his jumper. He has a very smooth release on his shot and can hit out to college three. He shoots from a high spot with good rhythm and excellent form.

O'Neal's ability to play on the wing at his size is impressive. If he can continue to develop his guard skills he'll be a load to handle on the perimeter.

Cons
Doesn't have ideal size to bang in the paint (although he is likely still growing) and lacks strength.

Needs to play with a more consistent motor and pick up the effort on the defensive end.

Comparisons
Jermaine O'Neal.

Projection: possible first round pick in the 2019 or 2020 NBA Draft