LaMelo Ball

Height: 6-7
Weight: 185
Country: United States (Chino Hills, CA)
Professional Team: Illawarra
Classification: Non-College U.S. Draft Prospect
Birthdate: 8/22/2001

2020 Top 75 Prospect Rank: 4
Projected Draft Range: Top 5

Pros:

Fairly good scorer off the dribble
Excels at scoring on the move
Gifted playmaker
Very good rebounder
Adept at collecting steals
Good athlete
Versatile player that can play multiple positions

 
Cons:

Needs to improve his shooting
Struggles to score in traffic
Prone to hoisting up questionable shots
Can play too wildly on offense
Needs to improve his position defense
Needs to add strength
Potential character risk, has had work ethic issues in the past

Summary:

LaMelo Ball is an athletic, skilled basketball player that could be a likely lottery pick in 2020. He’s a gifted shot creator that excels at getting scores off the dribble, and he also has the court sense to be able to run the point when asked to do so.

However, he can tend to play too recklessly at times, as he has struggled with his jump shot recently. Still, there’s no doubt that he is a very talented prospect. This season, he is playing for Illawarra in the NBL, and he has drawn significant buzz after his strong performance in the NBL Blitz. If he can put his skills altogether, he could end up thriving at the NBA level.

 

Links:

RealGM Profile

ESPN Draft Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

USA Today’s Article on Lithuanian coach criticizing LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball’s Work Ethic

USA Today’s Article on LaMelo’s Odd JBA Statistical Profile