LaVar Ball is planning to launch the Junior Basketball Association next year for top high school basketball players who don’t want to play in college.
The league, reports ESPN’s Darren Rovell, will address the “1 and Done” rule set up by the NBA that forces top high school prospects to be out of high school for one year before entering the NBA draft. For most of the top high school players, that means one year of play in college.
In Ball’s league, players will be paid from $3,000 per month to $10,000 per month. Ball wants 80 players for 10 teams that he hopes to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.
The league’s logo is a silhouette of Ball’s son, Lonzo, the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard. The league will follow NBA rules, with 12-minute quarters and the professional 3-point line. It will be funded by Ball’s Big Baller Brand shoe company. Ball’s younger sons -- LiAngelo and LaMelo -- won’t play, as they have signed with a Lithuanian pro team.
"Getting these players is going to be easy," Ball told ESPN. "This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we're going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids."
Reaction to Ball’s announcement
As usual, it’s always fun to check social media for hot takes on Ball. Here’s what folks were saying about his proposed league.