Before ever playing in a high school game, 13-year-old LaMelo Ball became the third brother in his family to commit to UCLA.
Ball verbally pledged to the Bruins and head coach Steve Alford, following in the footsteps of older brothers Lonzo, a five-star Class of 2016 recruit, and LiAngelo, a three-star recruit in the 2017 class. Both committed as sophomores. All three attend Chino Hills (Calif.) High School and will team up together on the court in the fall, as LaMelo, in the Class of 2019, begins his freshman year.
“It is my dream school,” Ball told the Daily Bulletin. “I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future.”
Ball was also being recruited by schools including Virginia and Washington State.
Though the odds may be long that all three suit up together as Bruins – Lonzo, a 6'6" point guard, has declared his intentions to go one-and-done – the Ball brothers are enjoying their lone shared year of high school ball. They play AAU together on an AAU team called Big Ballers VXT coached by their mom and dad, who both playe basketball in college.
The trio recently combined for 93 points in one game during summer play.
- Jeremy Woo