LaMelo Ball or LaMelo LaFrance Ball (born August 22, 2001) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
He was selected by the Hornets with the third overall pick of the 2020 NBA draft.
He has two older brothers also playing basketball; Lonzo and LiAngelo Ball.
Ball began high school at Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California, where he won a state championship and achieved national success as a freshman with his older brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo.
Ball was a five-star recruit but chose to forgo college basketball amid eligibility concerns and play in Australia for the Illawarra Hawks of the National Basketball League (NBL) in 2019, winning NBL Rookie of the Year.
Ball during his time at Australia with the NBL Illawarra Hawks went from a projected 2nd round pick potential undraftee to a potential first pick candidate and an eventual top three pick.
He was selected by the Hornets with the third overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft and was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2021.
In 2022, Ball made his First ever NBA All Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Durant.
LaMelo Ball Early Life
Ball was trained in basketball by his father, LaVar, as soon as he could walk.
At age four, he started playing the sport with his older brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, facing much older opponents.
He also played flag football with his brothers at age five but continued to focus on basketball.
In 2013, while in seventh grade, Ball began playing with his brothers on Big Ballers VXT, a 17-and-under Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team launched and coached by his parents.
The team, which was not sponsored by a major shoe company, did not compete in top AAU circuits and instead took part in local competitions.
LaMelo Ball High School career
In his freshman season, Ball started playing basketball for Chino Hills High School in Chino Hills, California.
He was teammates with his two older brothers, Lonzo and LiAngelo, and his cousin, Andre Ball.
In his first game, Ball scored 27 points as a starter.
LaMelo Ball Professional career
On December 11, 2017, Ball signed with Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) with his brother, LiAngelo.
Ball reportedly became the youngest American to ever sign a professional basketball contract.
The brothers’ move to Lithuania was heavily reported by American sports media.
On January 13, 2018, Ball made his professional debut, going scoreless in five minutes against Lietkabelis.
On February 4, he scored a season-high 19 points, with four three-pointers and six assists, in a loss to Žalgiris.
On April 25, Ball left Prienai with his family, with his father criticizing the team’s head coach Virginijus Šeškus, in part because Ball did not receive enough playing time.
He finished the LKL season averaging 6.5 points and 2.4 assists, shooting 26.8 percent from the field, in 12.8 minutes per game.
On June 17, 2019, Ball signed a two-year contract, including NBA out clauses, with the Illawarra Hawks of the Australian-based National Basketball League (NBL).
In the 2020 NBA draft, which was held on November 18, 2020, Ball was selected with the third overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets.
He and his brother Lonzo, who was chosen No. 2 overall in the 2017 draft, became the first set of brothers to both be drafted in the top 3 of the NBA draft.
On February 7, Ball was named to his first NBA All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Kevin Durant.
LaMelo Ball Net worth
He has a net worth of $20 million.
LaMelo Ball Contract
LaMelo Ball signed a 2 year / $16,071,720 contract with the Charlotte Hornets, including $16,071,720 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $8,035,860.
LaMelo Ball Shoes
After leaving the Big Baller Brand, Ball received a deal with Puma and has his signature sneaker, the MB.01.
LaMelo Ball Girlfriend
LaMelo Ball is reportedly dating Ana Montana; he regularly posts her on his Instagram story.
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