O'Neal visited the Clay Academy in Dallas and encouraged students to continue taking academics seriously and stressed how education was important in life.
After entering the NBA in 1992, O'Neal went back to LSU to complete his undergraduate degree and has since earned an MBA through the University of Phoenix.
O'Neal took a tour of the campus and met with students who were left checking the air up there while gazing at O'Neal's 7-foot-1, 325-pound frame.
"I'm tall, but he's very tall," said 14-year-old Clay Academy eighth-grader Joshua Reed, who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall. "I rarely look up at people, but I had to look up at him," he laughed.
The Clay Academy is affiliated with The Potter's House, Jakes' 30,000-member megachurch in Dallas.
"Shaquille O'Neal embodies dedication on and off the court, and I am honored that he set aside time to embrace our students," said Jakes.