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Everything you need to know about our game’s finest Shaqs

NCAA Basketball: Grand Canyon at Duke Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

In the fall of 1989, a young man walked on campus at Louisiana State University hoping to make an impact on the upcoming college basketball season.

Of course his aspirations were loftier than that. He wanted to one day play in the NBA, win a few championships, and star in Kazaam. But at that point, he was probably focused on the 1989-90 season.

Shaquille O’Neal had no idea that he was the first in a long line of Shaqs or that he would be the namesake for dozens of basketball players for decades to come.

Shaq played his first game on Nov. 15, 1989 against Southern Mississippi. Before that night, nobody named Shaq had ever played Division I college basketball, according to sports-reference.com. And no other Shaq came along for nearly 20 years after that.

20 years where Shaquille O’Neal was the only Shaq ever in basketball.

Or roughly the amount of time it takes for a dominant big man to rise to stardom, inspire couples to make some Shaq babies, and let those Shaq babies grow up to play college basketball.

That first new Shaq was Shaquille Johnson in 2008, who was a four-year player at Marshall and averaged 9.3 points per game.

From there, the Shaq-volution was on. 24 more Shaqs have followed Shaq Johnson, making this, undoubtedly, the Shaq Era of College Shaqsketball.

Breaking down the Shaqs

To properly analyze the Shaqs, I’ve provided a Table of Shaqs for you, listing all of college basketball Shaqs in Shaq-ological order. All stats are from sports-reference.com, so if you have a problem with listed heights and weights, @ them, please.

Table of Shaqs

Shaq School Years Position Height Weight Stats
Shaq School Years Position Height Weight Stats
Shaquille O'Neal LSU 1989-92 C 7'1 325 21.6 ppg, 13.5 rpg
Shaquille Johnson Marshall 2008-12 G 6'3 250 9.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg
Shaquille Barber South Carolina State 2009-12 G 6'3 190 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Shaquille White-Miller UT Arlington 2010-14 G 5'9 176 4.2 ppg, 3.8 apg
Shaquille Boga Milwaukee/UTRGV 2011-15 G 5'11 170 9.5 ppg, 2.7 apg
Shaquille Duncan Morgan State 2011-14 F 6'9 208 5.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Shaquille Harris Mercer 2011-12 G 6'2 190 1.4 ppg
Shaquille Stokes Hawaii/Hofstra 2011-13 G 5'10 175 8.7 ppg, 2.3 apg
Shaq Goodwin Memphis 2012-16 F 6'9 228 10.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg
Shaq Shannon Quinnipiac 2012-14 G 6'1 176 6.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg
Shaq Thomas Cincinnati 2012-16 F 6'7 205 5.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Shaquiell Mitchell South Carolina State 2012-14 G 6'4 190 3.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Shaquille Cleare Maryland/Texas 2012-17 F/C 6'8 290 4.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg
Shaquille Harrison Tulsa 2012-16 G 6'4 182 11.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.5 apg
Shaquille Hines UTRGV 2012-16 F 6'7 195 10.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg
Shaquille Johnson Auburn/Longwood 2012-16 G 6'5 220 10.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.7 apg
Shaquielle McKissic Arizona State 2013-15 F 6'5 200 10.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 apg
Shaq Preston Chattanooga/Prairie View A&M 2014-present G 6'3 194 3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Shaqquan Aaron Louisville/USC 2014-present G 6'7 170 4.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg
Shaquille Doorson Rutgers 2014-present C 6'11 275 2.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg
Shaquille Morris Wichita State 2014-present F/C 6'7 261 12.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg
Shaq Calhoun South Alabama/Tennesee Tech 2015-present G 6'4 205 8.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Shaq Carr Grand Canyon 2016-present G 6'2 172 4.6 ppg, 2.7 apg, 1.8 rpg
Shaquille Benson Southern 2017-present C 6'10 260 2.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg
Shaquille Evans Canisius 2017-present G 6'5 218 0.0 ppg, 0.3 rpg
Shaquille Walters Santa Clara 2017-present G 6'6 190 4.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg
Shaquillo Fritz Arkansas State 2017-present F 6'8 202 0.3 ppg, 0.8 rpg

Shaq-ellaneous notes:

  • South Carolina State and UTRGV are the only two schools to have had multiple Shaqs.
  • Only four Shaqs since the original have been listed as centers. In fact, the most common position for Shaq is actually guard (16 Shaqs).
  • The average Division I Shaq is 212 pounds.
  • The average Shaq scoring output is 6.7 points per game
  • 2012 appears to have been the best year to enter college as a Shaq. Those Shaqs posted 8.7 points per game during their careers and five of the nine Shaqs averaged double-figures.
  • The average Division I Shaq is 6’5 and Shaquille O’Neal is the only Shaq listed at 7 feet or taller.
  • The American Athletic Conference is the League of the Shaq. From 2012-16, the AAC had three Shaqs. When they graduated, sensing a lack of Shaqs, the AAC invited Wichita State, which has Shaquille Morris.
  • There are 10 active Shaqs in college basketball.
  • Shaqs peaked in 2014, when there were 11.