Before he was a four-time NBA champion, in fact before he was a two-time All-American with LSU in college, Shaquille O'Neal was a basketball tour-de-force.
In his final year at Robert G. Cole High School the Los Angeles Lakers legend racked up an incredible 791 rebounds, the pivotal part in a team that finished with a 68-1 record in his two season's as its leader.
Like father, like son
Over 25 years later and it looks like Shaq's son, Shareef O'Neal, is doing his best to follow in his father's footsteps. An awesome highlight reel video having surfaced showing the 6ft 8 inch freshman in action.
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While the 15-year-old shows shades of Shaq with his size helping to dominate on offense, the youngster looks more mobile that his old man in a video filmed at a recent tournament in Houston.
As you can see, unless Shareef bulks out significantly over the next couple of years, he won't be dominating at the center position like Shaq. The kid has talent elsewhere though and looks like he's got the speed, agility and vision to go on as an inside/outside forward.
He even has the free throw and three-pointer technique locked down. Something his father must look on with envy at.
In high demand
The mere fact that he is the son of an NBA Hall of Famer means that Shareef O'Neal was always going to have interest from colleges should he show any sort of ability on the basketball court.
With hard evidence of his potential talent, though, there is already a host of teams chasing Shaw Jnr.'s commitment for the class of 2018.
And, perhaps scared off by the viral nature of the video above, the USC Trojans made their interest official yesterday. O'Neal himself revealing the news via Twitter before seemingly stepping away from the social media platform altogether.
LSU, Shaquille O'Neal's alma mata, may have something to say about that mind. Especially if Shareef continues to grow to reach his dad's 7 ft 2 inch stature.
NBA fans: Do you see enough talent to suggest Shaq Jnr. can follow in his father's footsteps? Have your say in the comments section below...