The latest in the Ball family saga falls on the youngest member of the big ballers.
LaMelo Ball announced Tuesday that he would be returning to high school, and enroll at the SPIRE Institute in Ohio.
Ball’s previous played at Chino Hills High School in California where he was ranked as the No. 7 recruit in the Class of 2019, and was the most famous high school boys basketball player in the world. But Ball dropped his plans to attend UCLA and pursued a playing career overseas.
Now, he wants to use his international experience with players his age.
“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” Ball said, via 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.”
Ball made the news official on Twitter saying he’s also looking “forward to earning my high school diploma and winning with my new team!”
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! pic.twitter.com/FQzta0PiNE
In his first season at Chino Hills, Ball led the team to a state championship and earned recognition as one of the top freshmen in the country. In his sophomore season, he made headlines after making a half-court shot in December 2016 and again returned to prominence after a 92-point game in February 2017.
Later in 2017, Ball left Chino Hills to sign with Lithuanian team Prienai. In the summer of 2018, he joined the Los Angeles Ballers in the Junior Basketball Association (JBA) before now moving to SPIRE.
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“He brings much more than just talent,” SPIRE program director Justin Brantley told ZAGSBLOG. “He brings international experience, he brings a desire to continue to develop on and off the court and he brings global attention to a program that was already growing and building towards national prominence.”
Brantley told ESPN that Ball was not paid and never compensated for playing in Lithuania or in the JBA, keeping him eligible to play this season.
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