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Shaquille O'Neal: Son would benefit playing for Izzo

The Detroit News

Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal wouldn't mind seeing son Shareef suit up for Tom Izzo at Michigan State, John Calipari at Kentucky or Johnny Jones at LSU.

Tom Izzo

Those three coaches, in particular, could help the younger O'Neal develop his basketball acumen and reach the NBA. Shaq revealed those sentiments during his weekly podcast, espn.com reported.

Shareef, a 6-foot-8, 205-pound Los Angeles Winward High junior, is ranked 51st in his class by RecruitingNation.

"I would like my son to play for a coach that's going to teach him next-level stuff," O'Neal said on Monday's edition of 'The Big Podcast With Shaq.' "I have three in mind: Johnny Jones, LSU, because I know him personally, Calipari and the coach from Michigan State ... Tom Izzo. I've told my son many times, it's your decision and it is [his] decision. ... I need somebody that's gonna curse him out, treat him like a man. Those three guys are the ones I would like him to play for."

Shareef has received an offer from USC.