LaMelo Ball is one of the many promising athletes who have made a name for himself over the past few years. Interestingly enough, the world has had an inside view of Ball’s basketball career and personal life thanks to his family’s reality web series, Ball in the Family. At this point, he’s playing ball in Australia, but he could land in the NBA very soon.
LaMelo Ball’s basketball family
Ball was born on August 22, 2001. Growing up, the California native’s interests in basketball began at a young age. Luckily for Ball, he was born into an athletic family. His father, LaVar Ball, briefly played college basketball before leaving to briefly compete in the NFL.
Big Ballers AAU Basketball Team is a nonprofit organization started by LaMelo’s parents in 2013. Obviously, basketball and community are important to the family. As a result, the budding athlete had a remarkable reputation in no time. Let’s look at LaMelo’s basketball career so far.
Ball’s promising start
While playing at Chino Hills High School, LaMelo immediately impressed his audiences and opponents. In 2016, LaMelo played a crucial role in helping the team secure an essential win on the way to the state championship. In the game, he scored a total of 26 points.
During the rest of the season, LaMelo showed up when it mattered. His pattern of scoring points in clinch-worthy moments helped earn him the title of Freshman of the Year, according to Max Preps. On average, LaMelo was scoring about 30 points a game. The next season, he blew spectators away, scoring 92 points against Los Osos High School to lead his team to another profound victory. LaMelo quickly became a top NBA prospect.
He seemed to be off to a successful start playing for Chino Hills. But an unfortunate falling out between father LaVar and heads coach Steve Baik led LaMelo to withdraw from Chino Hills.
The point guard bounced around a bit after the incident. LaMelo spent some time playing overseas in Lithuania and then briefly joined the Junior Basketball Association for the LA Ballers. Eventually, he ended up at Spire Institute for his senior season.
Fans wondered what LaMelo would do moving forward. His plans to play college basketball for UCLA seemed unlikely when he chose to drop out of high school. However, this past summer, LaMelo shocked everyone when he signed a contract to play in Australia’s National Basketball League. Here’s what we know about the contract.
LaMelo Ball’s move to Australia
The famous young athlete announced the news of his two-year contract with the Illawarra Hawks. The Australian team based in Wollongong, New South Wales, is excited to have LaMelo on board.
The specifics of the contract are not public, but the average pro basketball player in the Australian NBL is valued at around $140,000, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Though it might not be the path fans expected to LaMelo to take, they are happy to see him take on such a great opportunity.