LaMelo Ball is starting to make a name for himself in the international scene.
The Illawara Hawks guard recently made history by becoming the first player in the NBL 40-minute era to notch back-to-back triple-doubles.
🚨 BACK-TO-BACK TRIPLE-DOUBLES 🚨
LaMelo Ball posted 25 Pts, 12 Reb and 10 Ast to become the first player in NBL history to record consecutive triple-doubles (40-minute era) 🔥
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 30, 2019
According to the NBL, the last time an NBL player accomplished this feat came in 2005, when the league had been operating on a 48-minute gameplay.
LaMelo going 🔙to 🔙 like a Drake track.
First consecutive triple-doubles in the 40 minute NBL era and the first player to go back to back since 2005 (Darnell Mee, 48 minute game)#NBL20 ➡️ #NBA Draft 🔜 pic.twitter.com/gaY0BrmFob
— NBL (@NBL) November 30, 2019
LaMelo Ball, the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard Lonzo Ball, dropped 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Hawks’ 91-79 loss against fellow projected top-pick R.J. Hampton and the New Zealand Breakers. He previously notched 33 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists in their overtime victory against the Cairns Taipans.
Despite his stat-stuffing special today, Ball did shoot just 10-of-28 from the field and made just one of his triple tries on the evening.
Nevertheless, Ball’s decision to skip out on college basketball and instead test the international waters appears to be paying its dividends as he has seen his draft stock rise over the past few months.
Scouts and analysts think the 6-foot-6 combo guard could be a top-3 pick in next year’s NBA draft. Some even believe he could go no. 1. There is certainly a case to be made for the youngest Ball brother given how well he is playing against professionals in Australia.
Team scouts have already made their respective trips to Australia to personally evaluate LaMelo Ball along with Hampton, who scored 12 points and grabbed four boards in their win over the Hawks.
Some prospects have seen success in playing professionally overseas prior to declaring for the NBA draft. Playing against professionals instead of college kids certainly has its benefits.