LaMelo Ball is heading overseas to play professional basketball in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks; he signed a two year deal with an NBA opt-out clause.
Is this what Lavar Ball had in mind when he took his baby boy out of high school? Nobody can criticize this move because it was the best option LaMelo had. After leaving high school, going to Lithuania, enrolling in a prep school to play alongside a generic PlayStation video game character, and ultimately being denied by the NCAA going down under to play professional basketball is as good as it gets. It could be worse the NCAA could've told LaMelo if he wanted to play college basketball he would have to do it in the MAC (I wish the NCAA could punish talented players like this.)
The NBL is a nine-team league with solid coaching, former and future NBA players so the competition will be competitive. They also boast a great strength and conditioning program; LaMelo plans on being the top pick in 2020 NBA draft.
As much as I can't stand Lavar Ball, for abusing his son's fame for his personal gain, I cannot root against LaMelo. He's too talented of a ball player; I want him to succeed and all NBA fans should. For all the talent, LaMelo has been blessed with; he's cursed with a father who knows best and who has cost him a traditional route to the NBA. Instead of building his brand while playing college basketball, he'll be in Australia playing for smaller crowds against players looking to make a name for themselves against a big baller.