Class of 2025 guard Jermaine O’Neal Jr. is officially visiting Tennessee this fall, 24/7 High School Hoops first reported Monday.
The four-star is the son of former NBA standout Jermaine O’Neal and plans on taking an official visit to Tennessee on Sept. 8— the weekend Tennessee football takes on Austin Peay inside of Neyland Stadium.
A 6-foot-4 guard, O’Neal Jr. ranks as a four-star recruit and the No. 58 player in the 2025 recruiting cycle according to the 247sports composite rankings. The Dallas native also ranks as the seventh best prospect in the state of Texas in his class.
The fall visits in O’Neal Jr.’s junior season of high school are the first he’s taken. Along with Tennessee, the four-star is unofficially visiting Arkansas in October. O’Neal Jr. also is looking to schedule a visit to Oklahoma this fall.
The blue-chip recruit holds offers from five solid programs: Arizona State, Missouri, Southern Methodist, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Tennessee is still looking for its first commitment in both the 2024 and 2025 recruiting classes. Rick Barnes and his staff missed on some of its top targets in the 2024 cycle earlier this summer and are currently laying the groundwork for their top targets in 2025.
In addition to O’Neal Jr, Tennessee is hosting four-stars Jeremiah Fears and Tylis Jordan for visits this fall.
O’Neal Jr. is the son of six-time NBA All-Star Jermaine O’Neal. The elder O’Neal was an iconic NBA journeyman, playing for seven different franchises in his 18-year career. The prime of O’Neal’s career took place with the Indiana Pacers in the mid 2000s.
O’Neal didn’t play college basketball as the Portland Trail Blazers selected him with the 17th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft straight out of Columbia, South Carolina’s Eaue Claire High School.