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LaMelo Ball is returning to high school and older brother LiAngelo Ball intends to make himself available in the G-League player pool with expectations of playing in the NBA’s minor league this season.
LaMelo and LiAngelo are the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball and had been touring overseas with the JBA, founded by father LaVar Ball.
LaMelo arrived back in the U.S. on Monday and will complete his high school career as a senior at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Having turned pro in Lithuania, he will be ineligible to play college basketball in the U.S.
“The thinking behind this decision is to show scouts just how good LaMelo is when placed among his own age group— especially with him being eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft,” SLAM reported. “In his last JBA International Tour game against the London Lions, the now 6-7 point guard posted a 41-point triple-double (17 assists and 13 rebounds).
“He averaged 40.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game during the inaugural domestic JBA season last summer. During the first seven games of the JBA International Tour he averaged 29.9 points, 12. 4 assists, 8.7 rebounds, and 5.1 steals.”
Despite falling off radar a bit, LaMelo Ball remains a top #NBA prospect, @BenStinar writes. “LaMelo is a basketball prodigy, and should be a top-five pick whenever he comes out,” says one assistant coach. https://t.co/JOHeaWNTdB
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) October 25, 2018
Meanwhile, LiAngelo enrolled at UCLA but never played after shoplifting scandal in China before the season. He did not get drafted in June and is now apparently ready to attempt to get to the NBA via the G-League route.
It is not yet known for which G-League team LiAngelo will play.