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Shaquille O'Neal's son decommits from Arizona following Sean Miller wiretap report

Posted: 2:08 PM, Feb 24, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-25 01:16:28Z

Arizona Wildcats basketball commit Shareef O'Neal, son of former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal, announced he has reopened his recruitment following Friday's report that UA coach Sean Miller was caught discussing payment of a top recruit via FBI wiretaps.

"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," O'Neal tweeted Saturday. 

O'Neal is a five-star power forward and is rated by Rivals.com as the No. 28 overall player in the country among the 2018 recruiting class. He is a senior at Crossroads High School in California and was set to begin play at Arizona in the 2018-19 season. 

On Friday, ESPN reported FBI wiretaps revealed Miller discussed a $100,000 payment of star center Deandre Ayton. Miller announced in a statement Saturday that he will not coach in Saturday night’s game at Oregon, but UA announced Ayton will play.