LiAngelo Ball has had a wild year, but he’s finally one step closer to achieving his dream. On Tuesday, Ball’s agent, Harrison Gaines, informed Yahoo! Sports that the middle son of LaVar and Tina Ball has decided to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. Ball makes the decision to go pro after spending one year for Lithuanian club Vytautas Prienu, where he played with his younger brother LaMelo.
The middle Ball boy may not get as much attention as his older brother Lonzo, who was the No. 2 overall pick in last year’s draft by the Los Angeles Lakers, and LaMelo who many believe will end up being the best of the trio, but he had a successful run overseas.
During his time for Vytautas, Ball averaged 23.8 points and 4.2 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent from three-point range. Those statistics include his minutes in the Big Baller Brand Challenge, which featured games against lower-tier teams. In official LKL games, Ball averaged 15.7 points and 2.9 rebounds in just 25 mins per game.
LiAngelo Ball's 15.7 pts average in just 25 mins per game would top official LKL scorers table if he would have played in half of Vytautas games this season. 3.0 threepointers made with 45% is crazy good.
— Ramunas Klimavicius (@ramklim) March 25, 2018
While Ball was productive, he does not receive the same respect from basketball pundits and on-air mouthpieces like Skip Bayless, who says he does not believe Gelo will get drafted this June.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) March 27, 2018
When Ball finishes his season at Vytautas, he will return to the United States and work out for a number of NBA teams before working out at the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy in May.
The 2018 NBA Draft will take place June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.