Chino Hills High School is now losing their star player and future UCLA Bruin, LaMelo Ball, but its not due to injury, not due to ineligibility, but due to his outspoken, brash, and of course confident father Lavar.
Lavar Ball is pulling his youngest son out of Chino Hills H.S. and will have him home schooled for the next two years. Lavar tells ESPN and Ramona Shelburne “I don’t want no distractions on Melo. So therefore I’m going to home-school him and make him the best basketball player ever.”
As talented as his son is, Lavar is now exceeding his already over-the-top expectations for Melo. Is Lavar doing too much? Is Lavar setting LaMelo up for failure?
It is not the fact that Lavar is going to train his kid and develop his skills, but taking him away from his high school due to a dispute with administration and coaching is not the most logical route to take.
If LaMelo Ball does not make it to the NBA, nor is a star at UCLA/any other school he attends, the finger pointing will start with Lavar. The future of Melo playing at the highest level is at stake.
With all the drama swirling around the Ball Family once again, will this become a movement for other high school prospects in the future?
In the past, prospects such as Brandon Jennings and Emmanuel Mudiay decided to get paid, play one-year overseas after high school, and then enter the NBA Draft. Now with the news of Lavar pulling Melo out of high school for homeschooling/training, will this be the new wave? Will the parents of talented teens decide to have their kids focus on AAU basketball, training, and learning from home?
Time will only tell.
Written By: Daniel Malakismail