LaMelo Ball

Height: 6-7
Weight: 180
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: Lottery

Pros:

Good scorer off the dribble
Adequate shooter, especially from deep
Excels at scoring on the move
Gifted playmaker
Very good rebounder for his size
Adept at collecting steals
Good athlete
Versatile player that can play multiple positions

 
Cons:

Streaky shooter

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 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 can display questionable decision making on both ends of the floor. He will need to be a more focused player in games, but there’s no doubt that he is a talented prospect. This season, he will play for Illawarra in the NBL. 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