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LaVar Ball to start league for high school graduates

LaVar Ball plans to start a Junior Basketball Association for high school graduates.

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News 21 Dec 2017, 23:29 IST
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LaVar Ball thinking about launching a league for high school graduates

What's the story?


LaVar Ball announced on Wednesday that he would be starting a basketball league for nationally ranked players who have graduated from high school but don't want to go to college.


In case you didn't know...


The league won't include LaVar Ball's sons LiAngelo and LaMelo since they have already signed with Prienai Birstonas Vytautas in Lithuania.


The heart of the matter...


LaVar Ball's Junior Basketball Association will be fully funded by his Big Baller Brand (BBB). Ball is looking for 80 players for 10 teams in which the lowest ranked players will be paid a salary of $3,000 and the best player $10,000 a month.

Ball believes that filling the teams for the league will be easy as he told ESPN, "Getting these players is going to be easy. This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts; and we're going to pay them, because someone has to pay these kids."

The rules of the league will be similar to that of the NBA and the players will be wearing BBB company products since they are the sponsers of the league. The logo of the league will feature a silhouette of Lonzo Ball going to dunk the ball.

Lonzo said that if this league existed when he was coming out of high school, he probably would have gone for it. "Personally, probably, If you know you're going to be a [draft pick], go ahead and get to play versus the top guys in the country and move on with your life."


What's next?


The Lakers have played two overtime games against the Warriors this season and have come mightly close to winning both of them. Can they pull it off this time as they travel to the Bay Area to play against the Dubs on Friday?


Author's take


A league providing a stage for the lower ranked high school basketball players to showcase thier talent while getting paid to do so seems to be a good idea. But can LaVar Ball pull it off?

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