Fresh off induction into the National Basketball Hall of Fame last month, Shaquille O'Neal made an appearance at the Providence Friars' "Late Night Madness," an annual event that signifies the beginning of the college basketball season. This wasn't just any appearance, though. O'Neal entertained throngs of students in attendance by serving as DJ for Saturday evening's festivities.
The four-time NBA champion arrived early to set up sound equipment on stage before adopting the moniker "DJ Diesel" and mixing an array of '90s and early-2000s hip-hop, including songs from The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and DMX. This era of music coincided with O'Neal's prime as an NBA player.
O'Neal earned 15 All-Star Game selections throughout his career with the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 1993 after playing collegiately for the LSU Tigers. One of the most dominant centers in league history, O'Neal ended his 19-year career in 2011 with averages of 23.7 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game on 58.2 percent shooting from the field.
ESPN's Doris Burke was also on hand to emcee "Late Night Madness." The 1987 graduate of Providence played four years on the women's basketball team, setting a school record for assists during her tenure. She still remains in second place on that list nearly 30 years later.
-- Nick Ostiller