Thursday 15th November 2018,
The Hoop Doctors

A Ball Family Update: LaMelo Ball Headed Back to High School, LiAngelo Ball to Enter G-League Player Pool

A Ball Family Update: LaMelo Ball Headed Back to High School, LiAngelo Ball to Enter G-League Player Pool

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While Lonzo Ball soldiers on with the Los Angeles Lakers, his brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo are making moves.

LaMelo, 17, announced on Tuesday he will return to high school for his senior season, this time at Spire Prep Academy in Geneva, Ohio:

As SLAM’s Franklyn Calle noted, LaMelo is eligible to play at Spire because it’s a prep school and not public school. The youngest Ball also expanded upon his decision while speaking with Calle:

“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year. 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.”

Meanwhile, LiAngelo has officially tossed his name into the G-League’s player pool, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic:

This decision from LiAngelo comes after he went undrafted during June’s prospect pageant. What this entirely means, though, is unclear. The G-League has protocol for players following their return from overseas competitions when then they’re trying to enter free agency. Does this mean LiAngelo has cleared that process and is officially a free agent who is speaking with teams? Is he hoping this announcement will drum up dialogue with teams? We’ll have to find out.

Tracking the Ball brothers’ career from hereon will be fascinating. LaMelo’s future specifically will be interesting case study. Unlike LiAngelo, he was thought to have NBA potential. Has that opportunity gone out the window? Could his time playing organized high school ball again set him up for a lucrative overseas career, or maybe even help his NBA chances?

Though the Ball family has kind of faded from the spotlight in recent months, the stakes are stilly high—for LaMelo, for LiAngelo and, yes, for Lonzo.

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