On Monday, LaVar Ball announced that he would be homeschooling his youngest son LaMelo for his final two seasons of his high school career.
The older Ball said he also plans to personally train LaMelo, who is ranked as the nation's No. 17 junior overall by 247Sports and fourth-rated point guard. "He's on track for UCLA, but he doesn't have to be dealing with those knuckleheads".
LaMelo, 16, was entering his junior year at Chino Hills, a school he and his older brother Lonzo, the No. 2 overall pick of this past June's National Basketball Association draft, helped go 35-0 in back-to-back seasons.
Former head coach Steve Baik, who guided Chino Hills to a 35-0 record two seasons ago before leaving for Fairfax High School, said, "A few months ago, I thought this could never happen. So therefore I'm going to home school him and make him the best basketball player ever".
Eric Sondheimer of the Los Angeles Times reported the news Tuesday, noting Chino Valley Unified School District superintendent Wayne Joseph said Ball made the request of basketball coach Dennis Latimore and principal Isabel Brenes.
Will he then get housed when he plays real games?
According to the LA Times, LaMelo won't play for a team until next spring in travel ball. After his second preseason game, Lonzo's continuous development was overwhelming but Luke Walton, the Lakers' coach, still wants him to show more aggressiveness and selfishness. Regardless of whether LaMelo successfully completes his high school graduation requirement, he'll only need to wait one year before entering his name into the 2020 NBA Draft.
Baik said, "In basketball terms, he's going to be fine". LaVar said his son still intends to join the UCLA. I would never tell my own son, go work for a really bad company that makes awful PR decisions and personnel moves.