By the middle of the second quarter, the fans had become restless. They didn’t line up an hour before tip-off and pack the gymnasium at King/Drew Magnet High School for LaMelo Ball’s Drew League debut to watch him be passive and miss open 3-pointers.
“LaMelo, you gotta start getting buckets, bro,” one fan yelled. “They can’t guard you.”
In the second half, the youngest Ball brother gave the fans what they came for: a taste of what makes him a potential NBA talent. Ball drained consecutive 3-pointers in the third quarter, part of a 25-point performance to lead his team, No Shnacks, to a 90-71 win over Reader Black Ops on Saturday.
Ball shot 5-of-12 from the field and 3-of-9 from beyond-the-arc, adding five rebounds and six assists. He made 10 of his 11 free throw attempts and also had three steals to cap off a strong all-around performance.