LaVar Ball’s youngest son, LaMelo, has been committed to UCLA since he was 13 years old. Yet, the rising junior might not actually suit up for the Bruins.
Last month, LaMelo became the first high school basketball player to have his own signature shoe in the $395 MB1 sneakers from Big Baller Brand. Though LaMelo still has two more years before he’d head to UCLA, LaVar says the NCAA has already taken issue with the sneakers.
In an appearance on First Take, LaVar criticized the NCAA’s scrutiny of his son and went on to float the idea of LaMelo skipping college and training for the NBA if the NCAA issues didn’t subside.
LaVar said, calling out the NCAA:
“The only thing they worried about is the money. How you thinking about not saying that the shoe look good or nothing like that? The first thing they’re trying to say is. ‘How can we make him ineligible?’ This has never happened before. So, you don’t even have a rule for it. You’re trying to find one. To say, ‘Yo, we gotta make him ineligible because he can’t be making money off a shoe.'”
“See here’s the thing, he’s not even in the NCAA and they’re trying to make something. He’s got two more years! So why even worry about that right now? But here’s the thing, when it comes to basketball and you’re good, you just better be ready for training camp … Who cares? He won’t go to the NCAA. ‘Oh, he better go overseas.’ Why? All he gotta do is be faster and stronger. And when it’s time to prepare, we could sit out for as long as we want.”
LaMelo is currently ranked as both a five- and four-star recruit depending on which scouting service you look at and is already one the biggest attractions in AAU basketball. Regardless of the NCAA’s decision, LaVar has repeated that all of his sons only plan on being at college for one year. The middle son, LiAngelo Ball, is set to play his freshman season at UCLA.
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