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Shareef O’Neal Decides to Stay in 2022 NBA Draft

According to The Athletic NBA insider, Shareef O’Neal will be keeping his name in the 2022 NBA Draft after the NBA announced that he is eligible to be selected in the draft.

The former LSU forward was mistakenly included on a list of prospects who withdrew his name. The 6’10 prospect has upcoming team workouts as well.

O’Neal played 37 games in three seasons for UCLA and LSU, averaging 2.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his college career. The small sample size was defined by injuries, starting with O’Neal undergoing heart surgery that cut his true freshman season short. O’Neal’s sophomore season was derailed by foot injuries that caused him to miss nearly a year of action, making his return to the lineup in January.

In his 14 appearances last season, O’Neal averaged 2.9 points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game.

O’Neal participated in the G League Elite Camp in May and averaged eight points and six rebounds in two games per 247Sports’ Travis Branham. Due to O’Neal’s injury-ridden college career, he will likely have to earn his stripes on a two-way contract before playing in the NBA.

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