The storyline behind the Ball brothers is a rather thorough and well-established one. The trio of Southern California ballers are all superior, top Division I quality marksmen. At 6-foot-5, Lonzo Ball is the eldest, and runs the family three-man-weave as one of the top 15 overall recruits in the Class of 2016. His brother LiAngelo might be the best pure shooter in the Class of 2017, and Mello, who will be a freshman in the fall, is the youngest but perhaps most cool headed of the trio. Together they form what is easily one of the best sibling acts in prep sports.
Except, in the 2014 summer Fairfax basketball tournament the Ball brothers have become the Ball brother. With LiAngelo missing time while recovering from a broken foot, Lonzo has taken the opportunity to completely take over games in one of Southern California’s most prestigious tournaments of the calendar year.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lonzo Ball scored 45 and 43 points in consecutive games at the Fairfax Tourney. Chino Hills won both games, the second an 87-75 victory against Lawndale in which Ball scored almost exactly half of his team’s points. More impressive still is thst those games came in the span of just three days.
That Lonzo Ball is breaking out probably shouldn’t be a surprise. He is one of the nation’s top underclassmen recruits, and he’s already committed to play at nearby UCLA. Still, that he would make the proverbial leap when his brother, his best offensive running mate, was sidelined only makes the transformation all the more impressive.