LaMelo Ball announced on Monday that he will play in the Australian National Basketball League next year.  The 17-year-old broke the news on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Monday afternoon.

This isn’t his first time the youngest Ball brother has played basketball overseas.  In 2018 LaMelo played in Lithuania.  This is the first time he will do so with the hopes of becoming the top pick in the 2020 NBA draft.


“My agents did a ton of research on the options I had to play this coming season, and Australia really made sense for me,” Ball told ESPN. “They have a really strong league, with excellent coaches and great players, including former and future NBA players, and great strength and conditioning programs. My goal is to be the top pick in next year’s draft, and I feel they can help me reach that goal. Also, the timing of the season works well with the timing of next year’s draft.”

You have to remember when you draft him, you draft LaVar.  We know one team that isn’t likely to be in on drafting him in 2020. 

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