Will LaMelo Ball Play College Basketball? LaVar Shares Thoughts

When LaMelo Ball, a former five-star prospect in the Class of 2019, was pulled out of Chino Hills High School by his boisterous father LaVar, shipped overseas to play professional basketball and eventually became a member of his father’s JBA league, there were questions about what it would mean for his NCAA eligibility.

Not only did LaMelo sign with an agent, he got his own shoe deal and was officially a pro.

However, the youngest Ball brother somehow managed to regain high school eligibility and returned to Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio for his senior season.

So does that mean he could still play in college?

That still appears to be up in the air, but LaVar, who is never afraid to speak his mind, still seems to think that his youngest son could play at the NCAA level and that a number of top programs will be interested.

“There’s gonna be a lot of schools trying to reach out,” LaVar told Andrew Joseph of For The Win. “Look at all these people here. You never heard of SPIRE till my boy got there. So now guess what? He’s got his choice of schools.”

That could be good news for LaMelo, who previously mentioned interest in North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, and Michigan State.

Of course, there will be plenty of hurdles for the youngster if he does plan on suiting up for a Division I program next year.

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.