LaMelo Ball to enroll at Spire Institute, again play high school basketball

LaMelo Ball last played high school basketball as a sophomore at Chino Hills in Southern California

LaMelo Ball last played high school basketball as a sophomore at Chino Hills in Southern California

While things can and nearly certainly will change between now and the 2020 NBA Draft, Ball's draft stock took a hit when he left Chino Hills High School to play in Lithuania and then the JBA. He's set to complete his senior year at Spire Prep Academy, which is located in Geneva, Ohio.

"In my opinion, LaMelo Ball can be the No. 1 pick in a year or two going to the Cleveland Cavaliers", Jermaine Jackson tells TMZ Sports.

"I'm hearing LaMelo Ball is returning to high school (somewhere in Ohio)". He shared that to play in worldwide competition has been a great experience.

Going against elite high school prospects in a controlled environment will give National Basketball Association scouts a better idea of where the 17-year-old is in his development. I learned and matured so much. Then this past summer LaVar Ball launched the JBA league with the premise of offering top HS players an alternative to college, offering to pay players and touring throughout the United States during the summer and now throughout Europe in the fall. "I guess that means JBA is officially over", a report revealed. "I can not wait to play with my peers", Ball explained. During his time in the JBA - which ended with a championship for the Los Angeles Ballers - LaMelo averaged 40.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

The Chino Hills native was the talk of high school hoops just a season ago, with highlights from every single one of his games being dissected on online on a nightly basis. In his sophomore season, he made headlines after making a half-court shot in December 2016 and again returned to prominence after a 92-point game in February 2017.

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