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Report: LaMelo Ball, potential No. 1 pick in 2020 NBA Draft, to miss four weeks

Guard has foot injury, has been playing in Australian NBL.

Spire Institute guard LaMelo Ball warms up prior to facing Bella Vista Prep at Chaparral High School.  Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

LaMelo Ball, the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has injured his foot and is expected to miss four weeks, per ESPN. Jonathan Givony had the report with Ball currently playing in the Australian NBL. Ball is the brother of New Orleans Pelicans PG Lonzo Ball, and of course you know their father Lavar Ball, I mean who doesn’t miss that guy?

Anyway, let’s get into some background on Ball. The 18-year old is averaging 17 points, 6.8 assists and 7.6 rebounds per game playing for Illawarra in Australia. He has been in the conversation to be selected first overall since he has been killing it in a professional league overseas this season. Also in that conversation is R.J. Hampton, who ditched college to also play in the NBL, for the New Zealand Breakers. Also a guard, averaging 9.5 points and 2.5 assists per game, Hampton’s stats aren’t as gaudy as Ball’s. Still, both are athletic guards that will likely be considered by teams like the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks come June.