Outspoken LaVar Ball, father of famous basketball sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, plans to start a new basketball league for top high school recruits who don’t want to go to college.
“Those kids who are one-and-done, they shouldn’t be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores,” Ball told ESPN. “So our guy isn’t going to go to Florida State for a year. He’s going to come to our league.”
Called the Junior Basketball Association, the league will pay athletes from between $3,000 and $10,000 per month based on talent level.
Ball is initially looking at 10 teams playing in NBA stadiums in locations such as Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Dallas.
The games will be have 12-minute quarters and an NBA three-point line.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” said Ball. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts; and we’re going to pay them, because someone has to pay these kids.”
Ball’s sons ESPN No. 7 ranked high school junior LaMelo Ball and his brother, ex-UCLA freshman LiAngelo, who recently left the school amid his China shoplifting arrest, signed with an agent earlier this month, ending their amateur careers.
The two then signed one-year deals with Prienu Vytautas in Lithuania’s LKL league.
Dad LaVar Ball had already pulled LaMelo out of Chino Hills High School (CA) over the summer due to disagreements with the coach.
LaMelo, a 6-2 point guard, averaged 26.7 points last season for Chino Hills HS as a sophomore, including pouring in an eye-popping 92 points in a 146-123 win over Los Osos in February.
The 6-5 LiAngelo Ball, ESPN’s No. 41 SF in the 2017 high school class and younger brother of Lakers’ 2017 No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball, averaged 33.8 points last season for Chino HS, leading the team to a 30-3 record.
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