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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Shareef O'Neal Says He Doesn't Plan On Being One-And-Done

In today's day and age, a top college basketball recruit is expected to be one-and-done. The recruit expects it, his friends and family expect it, the media expects it. So, it is a rarity when a high level basketball recruit does not speak in those terms.

Shareef O'Neal, the 6'9 UCLA bound power forward, consensus top 30 recruit, and son of Shaquille O'Neal, says he does not plan on being one-and-done.

"I feel like I have a lot of time to develop and have a lot of stuff to prove, so I really don't plan on doing one year, unless I completely take over," the young O'Neal told me today at the Jordan Brand Classic practice in Brooklyn.

"Im going to try to do a couple years because I feel like I have time to develop, and financially, I'm not in one of those situations," he continued. "The more development I get the better and I'm not just going to rush it right away because I don't want to be one of those guys who's really good in college and goes to the NBA and doesn't really do anything, so I'm just going to take as much time as I need."

Sounds like a kid who has had some excellent guidance. 

Next Year's College (and G-League?) Stars Grace the Court at Jordan Brand Game Practice in Brooklyn

Today, at the Brooklyn Nets practice facility, next year's college stars and likely a few 2019 NBA lottery picks took the court for practice, prior to tomorrow's Jordan Brand High School All-Star Game.

In front of a slew of NBA executives, scouts and media, a few of the participants stood out in a relatively competitive scrimmage.

Most players showed flashes of their potential, but a few players stood out to me. Duke Commit and Social Media phenomenon, Zion Williamson, did not participate due to a wrist injury suffered at the McDonald's All-American Game.

Among those who impressed were:

Tre Jones (Duke) looked a lot like his brother out there with adept drives to the basket and mature decision-making.

Emmitt Williams (LSU) was perhaps the most energetic and definitely the most talkative on the court, as well as on the bench. But, his energy between the lines was infectious and he made plays on the interior, playing bigger than his 6'6 frame.

Cole Swider (Villanova) was impressive inside and out, showing a nice shooting touch as well as toughness on the interior.

Andrew Nembhard (Florida) may have been the most impressive guard today, showing quickness, strength and athleticism in drives to the basket, to go with a nice shooting stroke.

Bol Bol shoots a free throw during today's Jordan Brand scrimmage.

Bol Bol (Oregon) exhibited soft hands and a soft touch for a guy standing at 7'2. He was also an inside force on both ends of the ball.