LaMelo Ball Prospect for NBA

Diego Fernandez, Staff Writer

Former six foot six Chino Hills High School basketball star LaMelo Ball is expected to miss four weeks with a foot injury. Ball, brother of other former Husky and New Orleans Pelicans player Lonzo, currently plays in the Australian National Basketball League for the Illawarra Hawks. As of December 8th, they were 3-10 and are in last place, so losing their current top player will be unfortunate for the time being. LaMelo has been in consideration of being the number 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft, up from just being seen as a lottery pick, due to the fact that he has gained more action from star player Aaron Brook’s season-ending injury. He left Chino Hills High in his junior year and went to play professionally in Lithuania for BC Prienai, then played in his father’s newly created Junior Basketball Association (JBA), and left once the season was over to join the Hawks. In playing for professional teams, LaMelo gave up college basketball and his verbal commitment he had with UCLA since age 13. Before passing on basketball collegiately, he was a five-star recruit by, 247 Sports, and ESPN, where he was 21st overall prospect. Recently on November 25, Ball became the youngest NBL player to record a triple-double. Many Huskies right now remember watching the Ball brothers play at Chino Hills and hope LaMelo makes it into the NBA. Some experts even think that he can surpass his brother Lonzo in the NBA, which would be a hard task.