The youngest Ball brother and potential 2020 top NBA pick has taken his show to Australia. He’s been dazzling scouts with behind-the-back passes and uncanny court vision. The hype has increased.
One scout has even likened him to Luka Doncic. For good reason: LaMelo has an extremely tight handle and is a gifted passer. He is creative, flashy, an instinctive playmaker. “The stuff I see is NBA stuff. His IQ is amazing,” says Aaron Brooks, the 10-year NBA veteran who played alongside LaMelo on Illawarra until he tore his Achilles in late October. “There’s no doubt about it: He’s ready for the NBA. His ceiling is so high.
“All my life, I felt like I was just supposed to go to the NBA, you know?” he says. “Ever since I was born, damn near, He’s going to be an NBA player.”