WEIGHT: 190 POUNDS
POSITION: POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 5 PICK/ HAS A CHANCE TO GO NUMBER 1
PLAYER SUMMARY: The UCLA Bruins had a very disappointing 2015-16 season. Bruins head coach Steve Alford had to land impact players. Alford did just that as Ball has been perhaps the best player in all of college basketball throughout the first half of the 2016-17 season.
Ball can do it all on the basketball court. He has outstanding size for the point guard position as he stands 6’6″. When watching him on film and live, we consider him to be the best passer in college since perhaps Jason Kidd over 20 years ago. There isn’t a pass he can’t make and he makes it look so effortless.
The freshmen sees the entire court like an NBA veteran. He always seems to be one step ahead of the competition. He is like a chess player where he is always one move ahead of the competition. Ball is a good rebounder on both ends of the court and we expect him to be even better once he gains weight and gets stronger. He shows the lateral quickness and anticipation that is needed to become a good to very good NBA defender.
There isn’t a player in college who can guard the UCLA phenom one on one. He can get to the rim anytime he wants to. We believe there are times where he is actually too unselfish. We would like to see him be even more assertive on the offensive end.
There are 2 knocks on Ball at this stage of his development. One is his weight. He will need to gain weight/strength to handle the NBA schedule. Playing 82 games against grown men will wear anyone down. The other is his shooting stroke. Ball has shown the ability to shoot it from anywhere on the court.
He has legitimate NBA range right now. However, some NBA teams might be concerned with his release. It is an unorthodox release typically not seen from such a top prospect. He brings the ball from the left side of his body all the way to his face before setting up to shoot. It isn’t the quickest release but you can’t argue with the results. Will his future NBA team tinker with his shooting form when he has had so much success? We don’t know about that.
The 2017 NBA Draft class is loaded with top-notch point guards. Lonzo Ball might be the best one. He keeps improving every-time we watch him and his play has UCLA thinking Final 4 and national championship. We love the overall package that he brings to the basketball court.
His play-making ability, size, court vision, passing, and basketball IQ are all elite. There really isn’t anymore that you can ask for in a point guard. We highly believe Ball has a chance to be the first overall selection and we doubt he slips past the 5th pick in an extremely talented draft. His upside is that of a perennial NBA All-Star. He has that type of talent.
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