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LaVar Ball believes LaMelo Ball will be NBA top-pick worthy after NBL stint

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There’s still roughly 10 months to go before the 2020 NBA Draft, but here’s LaVar Ball once again making prophecies, this time saying that LaMelo will be the first overall pick in next year’s draft.

LaMelo will be suiting up for the Illawarra Hawks in the National Basketball League in Australia, and the Ball family patriarch believes that it will help his youngest kid become better.

In an interview with Julian O’Brien of the Illawarra Hawks, LaVar said that he has confidence in the Hawks’ coaching staff, particularly the team’s new head coach, Matt Flinn.

“It’s all in the coaching. You have a coach in Lithuania and ‘I give you my son’. But now I give this coach my son and he’s gonna be the number one pick (in the NBA draft) …. all on the changing of the coach.”

And just in case it still isn’t clear, LaVar emphasizes that LaMelo will be the first overall pick, not a ‘first-round’ pick.

“First round?. He’s the first pick. I’d love to see a team say I don’t want to see a 6 foot 8 (inch) point guard who can put people in the seats and who is young.”

In a recent 2020 NBA mock draft by NBC Sports, LaMelo is projected to be selected seventh overall by the New Orleans Pelicans. If that happens, he will be able to play with his brother Lonzo, who is the second overall pick in the 2017 Draft. LaMelo is also projected to go seventh in Bleacher Reports’ mock draft.

Then again, a lot of things can happen in a year. It wasn’t a long time ago when RJ Barrett was touted as the best college prospect in the US. He went first overall in almost every mock draft you can find on the internet. Then, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant became collegiate sensations and Barrett suddenly lost the spotlight. He’s still projected to have a great rookie season with the New York Knicks though.

At this point, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and North Carolina’s Cole Anthony are projected by many to be the top picks in next year’s draft. But if LaMelo can improve his game significantly, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he takes over the draft boards.