CHINO HILLS, Calif. – LaMelo Ball is done with high school basketball.
The 16-year-old phenom, who is a junior at Chino Hills High School, will apparently withdraw from school on Tuesday and will be home-schooled. He also won’t be playing high school ball again, instead opting for training by his outspoken father, LaVar Ball. The next time the hoop world will see LaMelo play is during the spring for his club team.
LaMelo is still committed to UCLA and will likely enroll in 2019 unless he accelerates his academics. That would mean next fall he’d taking classes on the Westwood campus and suiting up for the Bruins.
Last season, LaMelo scored a career-high, eye-popping 92 points during a game versus Los Osos. He averaged 27.8 points and nearly 8 assists for the Huskies (30-3), who were eliminated in the CIF Open Division semifinals against Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.). In recent months his father became concerned with Chino Hills’ newly hired coach Dennis Latimore.
In 2015-16, Chino Hills went 35-0 and captured the CIF Open Division championship. All three Ball brothers were stars on that squad. His oldest brother, Lonzo, played one season at UCLA before declaring last spring for the NBA draft, and is a rookie with the Los Angeles Lakers, while Li’Angelo, is a true freshman at UCLA.
LaVar Ball trained all three of his sons and coached them on a club team Big Ballers. Had LaMelo remained at Chino Hills, he would have played for a third high school coach in three seasons. — Christopher Lawlor