With vicious wildfires raging in Australia, 2020 NBA prospect LaMelo Ball is taking it upon himself to help.
In a report by Bleacher Report’s Megan Armstrong, the young star is donating the month’s salary to disaster relief in the nation.
The Illawarra Hawks point guard will donate one month of his NBL salary to those affected by the New South Wales wildfires in Australia, his agent Jermaine Jackson told ESPN Australia’s Corey Williams on Thursday.
“It’s sad to see what is happening on the South Coast of Australia,” Ball said in a statement released by the team. “People have lost their homes and everything they own. My parents taught me to help out wherever I can, so this is my way of helping out.”
On Thursday, the BBC reported that a week-long state of emergency had been declared “in response to the escalating bushfire threat.”
It’s a classy move by Ball, who is already generating significant interest as a potential #1 overall pick in this summers draft. Averaging 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists, and 1.6 steals across 12 games this season, Ball is one of the most highly coveted assets in the league.
He has also been offered a $100 million endorsement deal by an unnamed sneaker company. Consider this just the start of a long journey for Melo.