LaMelo Ball’s time in Lithuania has come to an end. After withdrawing from Chino Hills High School and turning pro, Ball traveled to Lithuania to play for BC Vytautas alongside his brother LiAngelo, who was pulled from UCLA after being suspended for shoplifting during an overseas trip to China. And while Ball made a limited impact on the court, it looks like his teammates noticed his attitude and demeanor off of it.
During an appearance on Outside The Lines, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman said that a former teammate of LaMelo’s described the 16-year-old as “lazy” and “arrogant.”
“For LaMelo, it wasn’t very good. He barely played in the Lithuanian League games. One former teammates described him to me earlier today as ‘lazy’ and ‘arrogant.’ Wasn’t really engaged in the whole process. (He) played undisciplined, which we’ve seen in AAU ball,” Goodman said. “But didn’t really get better. And that’s the goal over there for a 16-year-old is to improve and get better. Multiple people I talked to on that team, on Vytautas, said LaMelo really never bought in.”
It is going to be interesting to see what is next for the youngest of the Ball boys. Melo still has two years until he can declare for the NBA Draft and he is currently without a team. Perhaps a stint in his father’s JBA could be coming, but for now, we will just have to wait and see what is next for the once promising five-star recruit.