LaMelo Ball Returning To High School; Joining Spire Institute

LaMelo Ball at a Big Baller Brand popup shop in Shanghai, China

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LaMelo Ball, the youngest of the three Ball brothers, made an unconventional move when his father LaVar withdrew him from Chino Hills High School to be homeschooled before eventually going overseas to play professional basketball in Lithuania alongside older brother LiAngelo. The Lithuanian experiment seemed to be an overall failure, with LaMelo struggling to bond with his much older teammates, but he eventually found his groove in his father’s Junior Basketball Association.

Despite the travels — which included another tour overseas with the JBA USA team — LaMelo is now returning to high school.

According to a report from Slam.com, LaMelo will be joining Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The youngest Ball brother is hoping to make his debut on November 13 against top prep school program La Lumiere in Indiana.

“I’m excited to return to school and rejoin my class on the court for my senior year,” LaMelo told Slam. “Playing in international competition was a great experience. I learned and matured so much. I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me. I think it helped my development. I can’t wait to play with my peers.”

When LaMelo last stepped onto a high school court, he was ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit in the nation. During his time in the JBA — which ended with a championship for the Los Angeles Ballers — LaMelo averaged 40.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game.