LaMelo Ball joins Australian NBL to prep for 2020 National Basketball Association draft

18 Juin, 2019, 08:26 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Ball, who was sensationally pulled out of High School in his Junior year to play professional ball in Lithuania, announced his decision to sign with Illawarra on ESPN's The Jump, declaring his intention to be the overall number one pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

American teenager LaMelo Ball has signed for the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming NBL season.

"LaMelo is one of the most exciting and talked about young players in the basketball world and he is going to create enormous interest wherever he goes", Loeliger said in a league press release.

The 17-year-old younger brother of NBA point guard Lonzo Ball and son of outspoken basketball father LaVar Ball, announced on ESPN in the United States that he would be the latest young American basketball star to play in the NBL.

The Hawks have 18,300 followers - Ball, a 17 year-old, has 4.5 million. LaMelo and LiAngelo then went to play in Lithuania briefly.

They eventually came to that realization when schools completely stayed away from LaMelo during his senior year - even as he thrived as a five-star prospect at SPIRE Institute (Ohio).

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"I am really looking forward to playing professionally this season, so that I can focus all of my time and energy on basketball", Ball said.

"It has been a goal of the club to provide pathway opportunities for young talent to play in the National Basketball Association ... and we believe we're well on our way to achieving that goal".

Ball, who played at Spire Academy in OH last season after returning from Europe, is the second high school prospect to choose the NBL.

"Pros have been through there and it's just best for me, I think". So, I heard they've got great strength and conditioning over there.

Brian Bowen became the first NBL Next Star last season, when he played for the Sydney Kings. Lonzo, the former No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft, is being traded by the Lakers to the New Orleans Pelicans.

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