If you hear the names O’Neal and Artest, you might think of past NBA match-ups. But those names now also represent the future of basketball. This past weekend, sons of Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal and former one-time All-Star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) played against each other in the Ron Massey Classic at Lynwood High School in Southern California.
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Shaq’s son Shareef is a 6-foot-9 forward playing for Crossroads School in Santa Monica. According to 247Sports, he is a five-star recruit and ranked 10th at his position for the class of 2018. Ron Artest III is not as highly recruited, because he just started playing basketball a couple of years ago, but the 6-foot-7 forward for Beverly Hills High School in Pacific Palisades has some serious game.
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O’Neal’s game differs from his dad’s because he can stretch the floor and make deep shots. But Artest’s game is very similar to his dad’s, driven by a non-stop defensive motor. Led by O’Neal’s 18 points, Crossroads won the game. Artest III finished with 14 points.
Check out the future of basketball below.
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