Just when you though the Ball brothers were finally standing up to be their own men and take control of their lives following the fallout with Big Baller Brand — LaVar Ball shows he’s very much in control of things.
The youngest Ball brother, LaMelo Ball, was taken out of Chino Hills High School and promptly sent to Lithuania to play overseas for two years. From there, he would announce his return to high school ball at Spire Institute.
Melo had success both overseas and at high school, and just when you thought he would be taking his talents to college, LaVar Ball went and revealed that it would be a waste of time to even bother with the college route.
“I’m going to let you know the plan now, so everyone can just stop. In college, I already knew what they were about to do. ‘We’re going to investigate, we’re not going to let him play until we let him play, LaVar. We’re not going to let you do all that big-mouth talking and then we’re going to hold him back and a whole year go by.’ The G League: I’m not going to let no 28, 29-year-old dudes tee off on him. And try to make a name for himself, so he’s definitely going overseas … Either Australia or China. One of the two.”
This move would mean that LaMelo will spend a year away from the American sports conversation and would make it extremely difficult for fans to watch him play.
The biggest issue with all of this is that LaMelo was and is so talented that if he had just stayed in high school the first time around, the hype around him going to college for one year would be close to what Zion Williamson has received at Duke.
But alas, LaVar Ball has to have his fingerprints on everything.