Trae Young believes LaMelo Ball can be a top 3 NBA Draft pick
The next Ball brother could be entering the NBA very soon, but can he be as hyped as Lonzo?
LaMelo Ball, 17, will be eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft, but the past season’s Rookie of the Year runner-up Trae Young is already praising the would-be NBA player.
Asked by TMZ Sports about where Ball could land in next year’s draft, Young, the 2018 class’ fifth overall pick, said:
“He’ll be good in the league. If he’s #1, #2, #3 … regardless he’ll be a good player.”
Young was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the pick swap with the Dallas Mavericks 13 months ago, tying Young and the Mavs’ pick Luka Doncic’s careers irreversibly together. The two finished first and second in Rookie of the Year voting.
Young lit up his one-and-done season at the University of Oklahoma, becoming a collegiate star due to his highlight long 3-pointers and passing.
Young and Ball both participated in this summer’s Drew League in Los Angeles—the annual west coast tournament that often features NBA players dropping by. Young scored 31 points in the finals losing effort to the Los Angeles Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell–led team.
Ball, a 6-foot-6 guard who turns 18 in August, lost college basketball eligibility by playing professionally in Latvia. Since then, he played in his father’s founded Junior Basketball Association and signed a contract in June with Australia’s National Basketball League to play with the Illawarra Hawks.
LaMelo Ball was a five-star recruit in high school.