LaMelo Ball, the youngest Ball brother, will not be playing college basketball this coming season. Instead, he’s headed to either Australia or China to play one year professionally before declaring for the NBA Draft.
Ball would have had trouble getting the NCAA to sign off on him playing – since he played overseas in Lithuania two years ago. According to Ball’s father, Lavar, LaMelo actually wanted to play college basketball – for the “wrong reasons.”
Ball told Joy Taylor on her podcast this week that LaMelo wanted to play in March Madness because he thought it would help improve his draft stock.
Ball says he told his son that he’s going to be the No. 1 pick anyway – so it doesn’t matter.
Ball, for those wondering, is not considered to be a top prospect in the 2020 draft class. In fact, he’s currently projected by DraftExpress to be taken No. 33.
There’s a full year between now and next year’s draft, but unless he crushes it overseas, there isn’t really a chance at LaMelo going No. 1 overall. Lavar would never admit that regardless.
LaMelo’s older brother Lonzo is currently a player for the Los Angeles Lakers.