LaMelo Ball’s NBA future remains murky thanks to the unusual path he has taken.
ESPN draft consultant Mike Schmitz recently scouted the youngest Ball brother and saw some improvements from the guard, who now plays at Ohio’s Spire Institute. Ball, 17, started his high school career at Chino Hills High School, just like older brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo. But a rift between his father, LaVar, and the school led to his exit and a season in Lithuania with LiAngelo. That money-inspired professional season could cost LaMelo a chance to play college basketball.
“From a sheer talent perspective, Ball looks the part of a 2020 first-round pick. He has grown closer to 6-7 with a body similar to Lonzo Ball’s at the same age, while showing impressive passing instincts and making much more of an effort to play the right way rather than jacking 40-footers every time down,” Schmitz wrote on Thursday.
“He has the ball on a string, changing speeds and directions fluidly before whipping right- or left-handed live-dribble passes to open teammates. Although still far too casual and risky of a passer at times, he loves to ignite fast breaks with quick outlets — a Ball family trait.”