Drew League head coach on LaMelo Ball: Team that drafts ... [is] getting a once in a generation point guard

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Drew League head coach on LaMelo Ball: Team that drafts ... [is] getting a once in a generation point guard

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Drew League head coach on LaMelo Ball: Team that drafts ... [is] getting a once in a generation point guard

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LaMelo Ball spent the much of this summer showing out in the Drew League in his inaugural season as part of the annual summer exhibition league in Los Angeles. Ball joined No Shnacks, a team coached by Gary Clark, and helped the team finish with one of the top regular season records before falling in the playoffs despite some heroics from Ball.

Ball did not treat his time with No Shnacks any less important than he has other stops in his career. The result was largely positive, including from Clark. After last weekend’s lost ended No Shnacks season, Clark took to Instagram to give his thoughts on coaching Ball this summer.

 

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#1 Question I’ve been asked ALL summer…Let me finally give you a thorough response, no cap 🧢 ….What is like to coach LaMelo Ball?? . . The first thing I noticed was his youthful, magnetic charisma that instantly won him favor with his older, more experienced teammates. The second thing I noticed was his understanding of #leadership principles. The first practice he barely said a word. He just spoke volumes with his #GAME. It took about 10 mins of scrimmaging for everyone in the gym to realize that he was better than advertised. . . #Respectful, wide-eyed, humble and open is his disposition in any player-coach exchanges. I laid down some simple expectations, put the ball in his hands and got the hell out of the way. I quickly gained respect and admiration for Melo as a person. He #EARNED unquestioned leadership and a neon green light with everyone in the group. A #team with #LaMeloBall will always have good #chemistry because of the way he sets the tone in the locker room. The most surprising thing to me is his elite passing and ball-handling which you normally only see in smaller guards, but he’s 6’7. . . The kid understands game flow, he embraces “the moment” and he never fails to show up. I’ve never seen a 17 year old with as much #confidence and self-awareness as LaMelo Ball. Aside from #basketball, It’s hard to find a 17 year old kid from the suburbs that understands “hood loyalty”. That’s the ultimate compliment to the way he was raised and groomed by his parents, his older brothers and anyone else who played a role in his #development. With all of the attention he receives he walks that fine line of supreme confidence and graceful #humility like a true #superstar. . . Throughout the summer it was easy to forget that he’s JUST a kid. As the competition gets better his game and confidence will only grow. Rather he’s the #1 pick or not is irrelevant. It’s my firm opinion that the #NBA team that drafts him next year will be getting a once in a generation point guard. . . 💯💯 ✍🏿 @gary.m.clark . #CoachG #LaMeloBall #Melo #ESPN #NBADraft #NoShnacks #InvestInYourOwnStock

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#1 Question I’ve been asked ALL summer…Let me finally give you a thorough response, no cap 🧢 ….What is like to coach LaMelo Ball?? .
The first thing I noticed was his youthful, magnetic charisma that instantly won him favor with his older, more experienced teammates. The second thing I noticed was his understanding of #leadership principles. The first practice he barely said a word. He just spoke volumes with his #GAME. It took about 10 mins of scrimmaging for everyone in the gym to realize that he was better than advertised. .
#Respectful, wide-eyed, humble and open is his disposition in any player-coach exchanges. I laid down some simple expectations, put the ball in his hands and got the hell out of the way. I quickly gained respect and admiration for Melo as a person. He #EARNED unquestioned leadership and a neon green light with everyone in the group. A #team with #LaMeloBall will always have good #chemistry because of the way he sets the tone in the locker room. The most surprising thing to me is his elite passing and ball-handling which you normally only see in smaller guards, but he’s 6’7.
The kid understands game flow, he embraces “the moment” and he never fails to show up. I’ve never seen a 17 year old with as much #confidence and self-awareness as LaMelo Ball. Aside from #basketball, It’s hard to find a 17 year old kid from the suburbs that understands “hood loyalty”. That’s the ultimate compliment to the way he was raised and groomed by his parents, his older brothers and anyone else who played a role in his #development. With all of the attention he receives he walks that fine line of supreme confidence and graceful #humility like a true #superstar.
Throughout the summer it was easy to forget that he’s JUST a kid. As the competition gets better his game and confidence will only grow. Rather he’s the #1 pick or not is irrelevant. It’s my firm opinion that the #NBA team that drafts him next year will be getting a once in a generation point guard. .

There are some very strong words from Clark in here in a very long post. It’s interesting that Clark took the time, unprompted, to not only compliment Ball but also to speak this glowingly of him.

Ball clearly has left an impact on Clark with his dedication to the game and his desire to improve, both traits that are going to take him a long way in basketball.

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Drew League head coach on LaMelo Ball: Team that drafts ... [is] getting a once in a generation point guard

Gary Clark had high praise for LaMelo Ball.

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