If things continue to go to plan, the NBA will have a new O'Neal in the future.
Living up to the name of his father Shaquille, Shareef has a lot of pressure on his shoulders, but the youngster is one of the hottest prospects in high school right now.
The younger O'Neal is, according to 247sports, the 16th best prospect in the class of 2018, and his father believes in his ability, saying he is better than the four-time NBA champions was at his age.
"He's really good. Way better than I was [at his age]. [Shareef] has a lot of colleges looking at him and I am very, very proud of him," Shaq said.
There were reports over the summer that the youngster would be training with Shaq's former L.A. Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant - something all players of Shareef's age could certainly benefit from.
However, that training session never materialised and the former Miami Heat center explained why his son is just fine without the tutelage of the Black Mamba.
"[Shareef] don't need to [train with Bryant]," O'Neal told CBS Sports. "He's good."
It's too early to know if Shareef will make a success of his own career, but there will be a lot of media attention on his rise through the system. If he has half the career of his father then he will be a decent NBA player.