There hasn’t been much discussion about the Ball family since the Lakers traded Lonzo Ball to the Pelicans. The family has been a centerpiece of basketball talk shows for years.
But the talk surrounding Lavar and the Ball brothers has quieted down recently. That may be due to the fact LaMelo now plays overseas.
The youngest Ball brother plays in Australia in the National Basketball League. What was the motive behind that decision? LaMelo feels it’s his best path to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2020 NBA Draft. But in a recent interview, LaMelo revealed he never thought he’d be playing in a professional league during his college years.
In fact, the youngest Ball brother had his college plans mapped out, even knowing which university he was going to attend.
“I thought I was gonna do four years at Chino Hills,” LaMelo said, via Bleacher Report. “I thought I was going to go to USC and from there go one-and-done.”
For a family already harshly criticized, had LaMelo attended USC over UCLA – the school Lonzo played for – there definitely would’ve been some backlash.
Lonzo became a West Coast superstar during his time with the Bruins. But LaMelo wanted to attend the crosstown rival, perhaps to create a name for himself rather than follow the footsteps of his oldest brother.
Fortunately for LaMelo, he’s able to solely and quietly focus on basketball as he plays overseas.