#8 RANKED PLAYER IN THE COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 165 POUNDS
AGE: 18 YEARS OLD
POSITION: POINT GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: CHINO HILLS HIGH SCHOOL IN CALIFORNIA
COLLEGE CHOICE: UCLA: COMMITTED ON 1/8/2014
NBA COMPARISON: SHAWN LIVINGSTON
CHOSE UCLA OVER: ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA
PLAYER SUMMARY: Lonzo Ball has the type of skill-set and height that college and NBA teams covet. He is a 6’5″ true point guard who has outstanding court vision and is a very good passer with both hands. Ball committed to UCLA when he was a sophomore in high school. When he suits up for the Bruins next season he may remind fans of a former Bruin, NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook. However, Westbrook’s speed puts him on another level. Westbrook was a work in progress while at UCLA as he was the 6th man often in his 2 years.
Ball’s height allows him to see over his defender and that will translate to college and possibly beyond. His vision and excellent passing is already elite. From watching his game tapes, he seems to be very active on the offensive and defensive boards. He will need to get significantly stronger to do that on a consistent basis at the college level. The California native does not have a traditional release on his jumper. While it is unorthodox he can shoot it with range. UCLA Head Coach Steve Alford was an excellent shooter during his playing days at Indiana and should already have fixing Ball’s shooting form as priority number one. Despite being an excellent passer he tends to turn the ball over, especially when he tries to be fancy. Ball seems like a solid but not an elite athlete. Time in the weight room is a necessity as he is rail-thin at 165 pounds.. Time will tell if he can improve his athleticism.
What makes Lonzo Ball a top 10 high school prospect is that he is a big point guard with very good all around skills. He seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential. Once he gets on a weight-training program look for him to have an immediate impact at UCLA. Ball is projected by many analysts to be a one-and-done player at the college level. He has 2 younger brothers in high school who have already committed to UCLA. LiAngelo Ball is a class of 2017 commit and LaMelo Ball is a 2019 commit. Time will tell if the big older brother will still be on the UCLA campus when they arrive.
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