17-year-old LaMelo Ball announced that he would be playing in Australia next season, in the National Basketball League in Australia.
The youngest of the Ball brothers, LaMelo lost out on NCAA eligibility when he decided to play professionally in Lithuania.
Breaking: LaMelo Ball announces on The Jump that he will play professional basketball in Australia's NBL for the Illawarra Hawks. pic.twitter.com/5eN4AH9BTA
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 17, 2019
LaMelo joined ESPN’s The Jump on Monday to make the announcement.
LaMelo Ball announces on The Jump that he has signed with the Illawarra Hawks of the NBL pic.twitter.com/6asLBiLkfJ
— Lonzo Wire (@LonzoWire) June 17, 2019
His dad, LaVar, appeared on ESPN First Take to proclaim that LaMelo will be the first overall pick in next year’s draft.
LaMelo Ball will be the No. 1 pick in 2020 NBA Draft.
– LaVar Ball on @FirstTake
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) June 17, 2019