LaMelo Ball is making his return to the prep high school circuit


And now, they are on the move from LaVar's Junior Basketball Association Tour to play at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The move to Spire will give LaMelo an opportunity to play in a structured basketball environment against real competition. "I can't wait to play with my peers". Jermaine Jackson, who will be coaching LaMelo at Spire, believes the kid has potential to be the No.1 pick in the NBA Draft. As for Ball's status as an amateur for high school ball, he apparently wasn't getting paid directly and therefore will be eligible shortly. "It's more so of a feeling-out process to make sure it was the right fit all the way around, make sure we can help him, make sure we can provide him what he needs socially".

After all, the furthest thing on his mind is Basketball, considering the decision he made and he is able to develop somewhere else.

Ball, a 6-foot-7 point guard, left Chino Hills High School past year while ranked the No. 7 recruit in the class of 2019 to be homeschooled, then later joined his brother LiAngelo to play for a team in Lithuania.

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When LaMelo last stepped onto a high school court, he was ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit in the nation. It was reportedly a league conducted by their father, LaVar.

While LaMelo exhausted both his NCAA and high school eligibility by turning pro, Spire doesn't compete in a traditional high school athletics body. Michigan State commitment Mark "Rocket" Watts and 7-foot-7 Robert Bobroczky are among other players on the program's roster.

"He's a scorer, he's a player, he's a facilitator", Brantley said. "I've watched games and seen him score", says Brantley.