The patriarch of the Ball family is proud of his youngest son.
LaVar Ball revealed he is proud of LaMelo Ball for playing in Australia on the latest episode of the Ball in the Family Facebook show. LaVar was particularly proud because LaMelo made the choice on his own.
LaMelo announced he would sign with the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League during an appearance on ESPN's The Jump in June, saying his goal was to be the No. 1 pick in the draft:
That goal is within the realm of possibilities considering Jonathan Givony of ESPN.com said the guard "is now a real No. 1 pick contender."
There was a time when Ball seemed destined to play college basketball as a highly regarded recruit, but the combination of his involvement with Big Baller Brand and signing with an agent realistically ended those chances.
He could very well be on his way to the NBA even without college, where he would join his brother Lonzo. Lonzo is a point guard for the New Orleans Pelicans and will look to make the playoffs for the first time in his career while playing alongside Zion Williamson.