LaMelo Ball is currently having a wonderful season with the Charlotte Hornets under the coaching of James Borrego. As a facilitator of the team, Ball is heavily relied upon by his teammates to execute an excellent play for them.
Ball is currently averaging 15.8 points, 6.3 assists, 6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals while shooting 45% on all of his shots.
1. Former Chino Hill Husky
Ball went to Chino Hill High School in Chino Hills, California. He won a state championship while wearing the classic husky uniform. Not only that, but LaMelo, together with his two older brothers, LiAngelo and Lonzo, gained national success as a freshman.
Ball aided his team to get the CIF Open Division state championship where he put up 14 points in a game against De La Salle High School. As the season came to an end, Chino Hills went undefeated with 35-0 and captured the mythical national championship. Ball scored 16.4 points and 3.8 assists per game on average. In addition to his beautiful high school career as a freshman, Ball claimed the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year award together with his teammate, Onyeka Okongwu.
In his sophomore years, Ball went full power mode. He tallied scores as high as 92 points with the win against the Los Osos High School, earning the second place as a player who scored the second-most single-game points in California high school history. He even had national headlines for making a half-court shot with only two seconds after the game started.
2. The youngest American to ever sign a professional basketball contract
LaMelo and LiAngelo signed with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League in the early stages of December of 2018. The third pick of the 2020 NBA Draft made his professional debut in January 2018 where he did not manage to put up numbers under his name. He remained scoreless in his first five minutes as a professional against the Lietkabelis. After a month, Ball recorded 19 points, 6 dimes, and four three-pointers.
Ball suffered a leg injury while heading towards the end of February in an exhibition game, sidelining him for a month. Ball and his family left Prienai because his father was not satisfied with how the team’s head coach, Virginijus Šeškus, only gave his son, LaMelo Ball, limited minutes while playing for the Lithuanian team.
3. The Superstar of the Junior Basketball Association
The Junior Basketball Association (JBA) was created by LaVar Ball, LaMelo’s father, as an alternative to college basketball. The agile guard of the Hornets had a stellar season with the Los Angeles Ballers in 2018. In his first game in June 2018, he put a phenomenal triple-double performance. He sprinkled 40 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists and was also active on the defensive side as he stole 3 possessions from the New York Ballers. The Ballers and Ball came out victorious that game.
In the semifinals of the JBA playoffs against the New York Ballers, Ball posted another spectacular game as he nearly finished it with another triple-double. The “Marquee Player” of the JBA had his season-high in scoring with 55 points, 16 boards, and 7 assists. He led his team to a JBA championship against the Seattle Ballers.
4. An NBL Rookie of the Year
As an Illawarra Hawk in the Australian-based National Basketball League, Ball became the youngest NBL player to record a triple-double in a game against the Cairns Taipans where he posted his season-high 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists. Ball recorded another triple-double in his next game with 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists, but was guarded tightly and only managed to hit 10 of his 28 attempts on his shots in a loss to the New Zealand Breakers.
After 12 games, he averaged 17 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 6.8 assists per game while shooting 37% from the field. He was then given the NBL Rookie of the Year.
5. Youngest player to end a game with a triple-double in the NBA
in his 10th game as a Hornet, while coming off the bench, LaMelo Ball ended the game with a triple-double. Ball scored 22 points, got 12 rebounds, and dimed 11 assists in a victory against the Hawks.
“A 19-year-old rookie does not look like this,” Borrego shared. “This is rare what you’re seeing.” Head coach of the Charlotte Hornets added.