LaMelo Ball’s season in Australia is over, his manager, Jermaine Jackson, told ESPN via text message.
A bone bruise suffered in early December sidelined Ball 12 games into the season, and he has run out of time to complete the required rehab before the season ends.
Ball’s team, the Illawarra Hawks, has six games remaining in the regular season, which concludes Feb. 14.
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Ball shutting down his season will not come as a surprise to NBA teams, as few anticipated Ball risking further injury.
He finished the season averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 31 minutes per game, emerging as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA draft thanks to his combination of size, ballhandling ability, creativity and passing instincts.
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