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Basketball celebrity LaMaelo Ball is taking his talents to Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, and those involved with the program are excited about the addition of such a big name.
That includes Spire coach Jermaine Jackson, who told TMZ Sports that Ball has the opportunity to eventually become the first pick in the NBA draft.
“LaMelo Ball can be the No. 1 pick in a year or two going to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Jackson said. “Ain’t no question about it. … He has the talent that, some of it just can’t be taught.”
But Jackson isn’t alone, as a billboard welcoming Ball to Ohio has put up in his honor.
.@overtime welcomed LaMelo Ball to Ohio with a billboard near West 3rd that was put up Thursday night. Ball is scheduled to arrive at Spire Institute in Geneva this morning. He'll play his senior year for Spire's high school team. pic.twitter.com/HXhKshjUmk
— Kevin Kleps (@KevinKleps) November 9, 2018
Ball is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and some scouts have surmised the now 6-foot-7 LaMelo is further along than Lonzo was at the same age, and that LaMelo will make a better pro.
One thing is for certain — in Ohio, LaMelo is already being treated like an NBA star.