Following his departure from the Lithuanian professional basketball team, LaMelo Ball has found a new home. The 16-year-old, who won’t return to high school and isn’t eligible for the NCAA because of his stint overseas, will headline his father’s JBA League.
LaVar announced Friday that LaMelo will be one of the NBA hopefuls who will make his Junior Basketball Association debut on June 21. He said the league will give LaMelo a chance to “take it to another level.”
“Melo got the opportunity to play against international competition and experienced the game from a different perspective while in Lithuania,” LaVar told SLAM Online. “Now he’s able to come back to the States and remind people why he was the most talked about high school player in the world before he left. It’s time to take it to another level now.”
LaVar founded the JBA League for players fresh out of high school who don’t want to play in college. Unlike the NCAA, athletes will be compensated for their hard work.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” LaVar said. “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.”