LaVar Ball has continued to show unwavering confidence in his kids.
LaVar, father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, said his younger son LiAngelo could compete with the best NBA prospects Monday on a call with TMZ Sports.
“Man, watch what Gelo do this year,” Ball said, predicting his middle child’s NBA success. “Watch what Gelo do this year. Want some more guarantees? I guarantee he’s gonna be in the Summer League. I guarantee he’s gonna have an NBA contract this year. How’s that? The biggest and the strongest 2-guard in the NBA right now. Ain’t nobody built like him at the 2-guard. Nobody — 6-6, 240. He can shoot the 3, post you up, kill you. But you gonna see.”
When LaVar was asked if LiAngelo could be a lottery pick in 2019, he said this year’s top prospect Zion Williamson can’t “hold a candle” to his son.
“Man, if Gelo was coming out, doing his thing, he’d be the first pick,” Ball continued. “This year, he’d be the first pick. Can’t nobody hold a candle to that boy. He (Zion) can’t hold a candle to that boy. Why? Because he’d shoot his lights out, and he’s stronger than Zion. He can be big, but he ain’t no Big Baller. He’s a Williamson.”
LiAngelo committed to play at UCLA for the 2017-18 season, but left the school after he was arrested for theft during a trip to China with the team.
From there, Ball elected to play professionally in Lithuania. While he did land NBA workouts after his international stint, he was not selected in the 2018 draft. He went one to finish out playing alongside his younger brother LaMelo in the JBA. It appears the middle Ball is still looking for a home in the league.
This isn’t the first time LaVar has made an outlandish claim. He said his eldest son Lonzo was better than two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry in 2017. So they probably won’t stop anytime soon.
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Williamson won the Naismith Award, ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year in 2018-19. The freshman phenom averaged an impressive 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting a super-efficient 68 percent from the field in 33 appearances for the Blue Devils.
LiAngelo, on the other hand only played in one scrimmage in his brief collegiate career, scoring 11 points in 16 minutes against Cal State Los Angeles according to a USA Today report.
Whether LiAngelo has a future in the NBA remains to be seen. But Williamson is projected to be the top pick in the 2019 draft.