Northeast Ohio lost LeBron James, but it is getting LaMelo Ball.
LaVar Ball announced on Twitter that his youngest son, LaMelo, is leaving the JBA USA team and returning to complete his senior year of high school at SPIRE Institute (Geneva, Ohio).
LaMelo is expected to play on Nov. 13 against La Lumiere (Ind.), according to SLAM Online.
My youngest son Melo has decided to complete his Senior year of highshool at Spire Prep Academy in Geneva Ohio. He will earn his highschool diploma, and help lead his new team to W’s!
The Greatest Show in Highschool Hoops is Back! #classof2019 #MB1 #BBB pic.twitter.com/Ryhg37WPCr
— Lavar Ball (@Lavarbigballer) November 6, 2018
LaVar famously pulled LaMelo out of high school following a disagreement with new Chino Hills coach Dennis Latimore. Some of the reasons LaVar provided were ridiculous, including Latimore’s refusal to let LaMelo take 50 shots a game. When LiAngelo Ball was arrested for shoplifting in China, LaVar opted to have both sons take the overseas route in Lithuania — with mixed results.
While LaMelo exhausted both his NCAA and high school eligibility by turning pro, Spire doesn’t compete in a traditional high school athletics body. He will be eligible to play and has already returned stateside following the JBA USA team’s game in London.
Notably, the move to Spire will mean that LaMelo will team up with 7-foot-7 sophomore Robert Bobroczkyi.
LaMelo’s new teammate at SPIRE Institute is 7’7” 😳
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 6, 2018
LaMelo was once regarded as a five-star prospect, but has dropped off the NBA radar following a disappointing showing overseas and meaningless numbers against unorganized JBA competition. The move to Spire will give LaMelo an opportunity to play in a structured basketball environment against real competition. He will be eligible for the NBA draft in 2020.
You can read more on LaMelo’s move here.