LaMelo Ball is still playing career chess and winning.
The baby Ball brother will enroll at Spire Institute in Ohio after playing professionally in Lithuania last year.
LaMelo Ball is returning to play high school basketball for his senior season and will enroll at Spire Institute in Ohio after playing professionally in Lithuania last year.
“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” Ball told SLAM. “Playing in international competition was a great experience. I learned and matured so much. I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me. I think it helped my development. I can’t wait to play with my peers.”
I’ve decided to return to highschool and complete my senior year. I thank my dad for the JBA Experience and playing overseas. I’ve been accepted to attend Spire Prep Academy in Geneva, Ohio where i look forward to earning my highschool diploma and winning with my new team!
Ball was ranked as a five-star prospect in the class of 2019, but withdrew from Chino Hills High School last October. He and his brother, LiAngelo, then signed with BC Vytautas in Lithuania.
The brothers returned to the United States this past summer and played in the Junior Basketball Association, a league run by their father, LaVar.
LaMelo will play for Spire’s high school team alongside Michigan State commit Rocket Watts and five-star junior prospect Isaiah Jackson.
Apparently, Ball was not compensated and never received payment for playing in Lithuania or in the JBA, keeping him eligible to play this season.
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LiAngelo has also told NBA G-League teams that he plans to enter the player pool to sign a contract. Gelo played in one preseason game for UCLA, but was caught shoplifting with teammates during a trip to China, which effectively ended his college career once LaVar decided to pull him out of school rather than have him serve a suspension.
Melo will not be eligible to play college basketball since he signed a contract with an agent before heading to Lithuania. His next stop after graduating from high school will be declaring for the NBA Draft, entering the NBA G-League, or returning to play basketball professionally overseas.
My youngest son Melo has decided to complete his Senior year of highshool at Spire Prep Academy in Geneva Ohio. He will earn his highschool diploma, and help lead his new team to W’s! The Greatest Show in Highschool Hoops is Back! #classof2019 #MB1 #BBB
Spire Institute plays a national schedule and Melo will have a chance to re-enter the prep basketball spotlight when he goes up against St. Benedict’s prep on November 17th. The matchup that already has everyone salivating is against Oak Hill Academy and their fantastic point guard, the No. 2 ranked recruit in the country, Cole Anthony.