Since leaving Chino Hills before his junior season, LaMelo has played for BC Vytautas in Lithuania and the Los Angeles Ballers, and most recently for SPIRE Institute, a prep school in small-town Ohio.
Once again it looks like the youngest Big Baller is on the move.
According to SLAM Magazine:
With his high school diploma already in hand, the next step for LaMelo’s path to the League will be playing professionally overseas (again). China and Australia were the family’s main options at press time.
LaMelo admits he wonders what life would be like had he stayed at Chino Hills, but he wouldn’t change it: “The path I took allowed me to go to SPIRE and meet people; that changed my life.”
Playing college ball isn’t an option due to sales of the Melo Ball 1—his signature shoe—and LaMelo’s contract in Lithuania, but LaVar is confident that playing overseas will prepare his youngest son for the NBA in a way college or prep ball never could.
“When you got a dude playing for their paycheck, their livelihood and their families, you don’t got anyone playing harder than that,” LaVar says. “There’s a difference when you’re playing against grown guys.”
LaMelo doesn’t really care where he signs, he just wants to play somewhere that’ll fit his style of play: “Fast-paced.
LaVar Ball definitely has a plan for his youngest son, or so he thinks. Unfortunately it’s not necessarily what’s best for LaMelo.
If LaMelo was smart, as soon as he’s eligible to go Pro, he’ll ditch his pops.
It’s only a matter of time.
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