The Ball family has seen plenty of scrutiny and judgment in recent years, much of which is their own doing. Lonzo struggles to find his own shot, LiAngelo dropped out of UCLA after shoplifting in China, and LaVar has continually run his mouth to the media and taking shots at everyone in the meantime.
In LaMelo may rest their last chance for redemption.
He is young and has yet to prove much of anything, but his potential is truly extraordinary. In fact, on most mock drafts, Melo is near the top.
While he’s long been on the radar of hoops fans, LaMelo Ball is now being floated as a contender to be taken with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony writes that the 18-year-old’s play in Australia has wowed scouts and executives.
“He has great vision, he has great creativity, a lot like his brother that way,” one scout told Sean Deveney of Heavy, eventually noting that he’s a better shooter than Lonzo Ball.
The young star has shown flashes of stardom, scoring 19 points while putting up 13 rebounds and seven assists in his first official NBL contest. Perhaps more impressively, the 18-year-old drew an early comparison to 2018-19 NBA Rookie of the Year Luka Doncic.
This summer, he is hoping to make all of that hard work pay off with a ticket to the NBA. So far, the odds are working for his favor.