The Ball family has been in the national basketball lexicon since 2017.
It started with Lonzo Ball proving his prowess at UCLA. It transitioned to the introduction of the polarizing Lavar Ball on ESPN’s First Take prior to the ’17 NBA Draft, where Lonzo was the second-overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers, and snowballed into LiAngelo Ball leaving the UCLA basketball team after shenanigans in China.
Now, it’s LaMelo Ball‘s time to fully step into the spotlight. As one of the top prospects in the 2020 NBA Draft, he already has accumulated some wealth.
LaMelo Ball Basketball Career
LaMelo Ball played his prep ball at Chino Hills High School playing alongside his older brothers. As a freshman, he helped his team to a 35-0 record and secured the CIF Open Division state championship. He shared the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year award with teammate and fellow 2020 draft prospect Onyeka Okongwu.
As a sophomore, Ball went viral by draining a half-court shot two seconds into a game. He scored 92 points in a win over Los Osos High School ? the second-most single-game points in California high school history ? on February 7, 2017. He averaged 26.7 points and roughly 10 assists per game to earn MaxPreps Sophomore All-American first-team recognition.
Prior to his junior year, LaMelo left Chino Hills due to his father’s disapproval of head coach Dennis Latimore. He and LiMelo signed with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). He reportedly became the youngest American to ever sign a professional basketball contract.
Big Baller Brand sponsored several exhibition games for Prienai, forcing them to withdraw from the Baltic Basketball League. Ball scored a season-high 19 points complemented by six assists against Zalgiris on February 4, 2018. He finished the league season averaging 6.5 points and 2.4 assists in 12.8 minutes per game. The Balls left the team in April 2018 after Lavar, who played tight end for the London Monarchs of the World League of American Football after being loaned from the New York Jets, criticized the team’s head coach for his sons’ lack of playing time.
LaMelo returned to the states to play for the Los Angeles Ballers of the short-lived Junior Basketball Association, a semi-professional league founded by Lavar. LaMelo averaged 39.6 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 11.5 assists per game. He was named a JBA All-Star and led LA through the playoffs to capture the JBA championship.
After the lone JBA season, LaMelo returned to high school competition for the SPIRE Institute and Academy in Geneva, Ohio. Due to LaMelo having played professionally, the prep school had to compete outside the jurisdiction of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. Ball’s experience as a professional basketball player caused several high-profile high school teams to cancel their matchups. He was ineligible for the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game due to his non-amateur status.
The point guard signed with the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) in 2019. He showcased his improving game, registering two consecutive triple-doubles in the middle of the season and winning the NBL Rookie of the Year. He left the Hawks in January 2020 to prepare for the NBA Draft.
Ball intended to follow in his brothers’ footsteps and play for UCLA, committing when he was just 13. His professional career and signature shoe ? Big Baller Brand’s Melo Ball 1 ? created plenty of NCAA hoops to jump through had he chose to play.
The Ball brothers, their mother Tina Ball, and Lavar star on the Facebook Watch reality show Ball in the Family. Lonzo currently suits up for the New Orleans Pelicans.
LaMelo Ball Net Worth
LaMelo Ball has a net worth of $400,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Not that surprising for someone who has over six million followers on social media and has been in the national spotlight since he was 13.
As a projected top pick, LaMelo is on the precipice of raking in a whole lot more.