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    Meet America's Next Generation Of Shaqs

    Shaquille O'Neal is retired. But a new wave of Shaqs — all born after the big man started his rise to fame at Louisiana State — are about to take his place in the sports world.

    In the fall of 2008, the Shaq barrier was broken.

    It had been 16 years since major college sports had seen a player named Shaq. To that point, there had only ever been one: Louisiana State's Shaquille O'Neal.

    Then came Shaqs No. 2 and 3, both college football players: Shaq Wilson at South Carolina, and Shaquille Belson at Louisiana-Monroe. Their parents were ahead of the curve. Both were born during Shaq's freshman year at LSU.

    But the real rise of people named "Shaq" coincides with O'Neal's move to the NBA. It's been 21 years since the 7-footer first entered the league, and kids born during the heart of Shaq's Orlando Magic years are now just turning 18.

    On the gridiron and the hardwood, we're seeing the results of a mid-'90s Shaq boom. There are now 11 Shaqs in college hoops, and 12 in college football. In the next three years, there are 19 high-level football recruits named Shaq, per Rivals.com, and seven more in college basketball.

    Keeping track of all these Shaqs isn't easy. Here's a helpful guide for the new generation:

    TALLEST SHAQ

    Gene Sweeney Jr./Baltimore Sun/MCT

    Shaquille Cleare — 6'9", forward, Maryland

    HEAVIEST SHAQ

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    Shaq Rowell — 308 lbs., defensive lineman, West Virginia

    LITTLEST SHAQ

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    Shaquille White-Miller — 5'9'', 176 lbs., guard, Texas-Arlington

    SHAQ WITH THE MOST SHAQ-LIKE NICKNAME

    Gerry Melendez/The State/MCT

    Shaq Wilson — linebacker, South Carolina

    Nickname: Diesel

    SHAQ WHOSE PARENTS APPARENTLY LOVED NBA CENTERS FROM THE 1990s

    Johnny Crawford/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT

    Shaquille Mason — offensive lineman, Georgia Tech

    Middle name: Olajuwon

    SHAQ WHO DOESN'T LIVE IN THE LOWER 48

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    Shaquan Rhoades — point guard, Eagle River H.S., Eagle River, Alaska

    SHAQS WHO PLAY BEST WITH OTHER SHAQS

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    Shaquil Barrett, linebacker, and Shaq Bell, defensive back — teammates at Colorado State

    SHAQ WITH THE BEST ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL SHAQ NAME

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    Shaquery Wilson — wide receiver, Coral Gables H.S., Coral Gables, Florida

    SHAQ WHO MOST SHOOTS FREE THROWS LIKE SHAQ

    Shaquille Thomas — forward, Cincinnati

    A 52.9% free throw shooter.

    SHAQ MOST LIKELY TO MAKE THE NBA

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    Shaq Goodwin — 6'9'', 246 lbs., forward, Memphis

    A top 50 recruit coming out of high school. Averaging 8.9 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a freshman.

    SHAQ MOST LIKELY TO SHATTER A BACKBOARD SHAQ-STYLE

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    Shaquille Johnson — forward, Auburn

    SHAQ DESTINED TO BE THE NEXT BIG SHAQ

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    Shaq Thompson — safety, Washington

    A high school All-American with 74 tackles, 2 sacks and 3 interceptions as a freshman. Earned honorable mention All-Pac 12 honors.

    NON-SHAQ MOST LIKELY TO BE AN ADVERSARY TO FUTURE SHAQS

    Via rivals.yahoo.com

    Kobe Eubanks — Shooting guard, American Heritage H.S., Plantation, Florida.

    He's from the class of 2014 — the class that was born the year Kobe Bryant entered in the NBA. The Future Mambas are coming for you, Future Shaqs.