Steve Alford and his UCLA staff have added another big piece to their 2018 recruiting class getting former Arizona commit, 6-9 Shareef O’Neal, our No.40 rated senior, from Santa Monica Crossroads. He announced his decision via Instagram:

“HEADING TO UCLA…I know my mom is glad I’m staying home LOL”

O’Neal de-committed from Arizona on Saturday, one day after ESPN reported that FBI wiretaps intercepted phone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a runner for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller.

O’Neal is a fast developing 6-9 face-up power forward. He has extended his range over the last year and improved his ability to attack the rim off the dribble to become a load to handle for bigs on defensive end. He needs to continue to add strength and become a more physical presence on the glass and defensive end at times, but that will come in time with the college weight room. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit with the California Supreme AAU program last spring and summer, and showed he more than hold his own versus some of the best in the Class of 2018. He will round out a six man class for Steve Alford’s Bruins that adds a top one hundred talent at every spot on the floor.

With the addition of O’Neal the UCLA Bruins will be pushing for a top five spot when we do our final rankings this spring. Shareef O’Neal joins 7-1 center Moses Brown (#18), 6-5 Jules Bernard (#35), 6-4 David Singleton (#71) 6-0 Tyger Campbell (#74), as 6-9 big man Kenny Nwumba (#147). UCLA is the first school to land five top one hundred prospects.