LaMelo Ball Purchases His NBL Team Ahead Of NBA Draft

Ross Houston
April 5, 2020

The 18- year purchased the NBL's Illawarra Hawks- the team he bet- for an undefined amount, he revealed Thursday through manager Jermaine Jackson.

"Melo loves the Illawarra fans", Jackson said. "He loves that community". "It's a done deal".

While he only played 12 games this season before suffering a foot injury, Ball averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and seven assists per contest.

Jackson- that played 5 periods in the NBA- described the transfer to ESPN, claiming Ball liked his time in the Australian NBL a lot that he determined to take cost.


While Ball will soon turn his attention to the National Basketball Association, he and Jackson will be taking steps to develop the program by bringing in top quality resources and attempting to recruit high school prospects. He opened the arms. When we started to hear about the issues that were going on, we talked about it and we decided: 'Let us be owners of the team'. "He wants to create the best basketball program possible for that community there", Jackson said. The 6 foot 7 inch point guard, a former UCLA commitment like his older brothers (Lonzo, LiAngelo), was part of the NBL Next Stars program, in which he earned about $ 68,400 and received a vehicle, a apartment, air travel and individual development training.

But it now appears point guard Ball, who moved to Australia in August as part of the league's Next Stars initiative, has stepped in to buy the franchise, although the club have yet to comment. He prepared this season by playing pro basketball in Australia.

Ball's debut for Illawarra in October was the most-watched game in NBL history, with more than one million people watching the live stream on Facebook.

"This is how he was raised by his family".


Earlier this year, LaMelo donated a month of his NBL salary to the victims of the Australian bushfire.

"We own the team". People have a perception of their father, but he has a heart of gold and is filtered to their children. "They'll know they will be taken care of". He began his own sneaker company, Big Baller Brand. We're going to put the organization on steroids, developing it into a program that men wish to play for. We have always talked about property. "Melo wants kids to think big, especially in times like this", he said.

The youngest of the Ball brothers chose to fly to Australia and play for the Hawks to prepare himself for the upcoming NBA Draft but more on the preparation, Jackson revealed that LaMelo fell in love with the city.


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