LaVar Ball announces new league for high school grads

December 20, 2017 / Basketball
LaVar Ball, the father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, announced Wednesday his plans to start a new basketball league for high school graduates, something he expects to compete with college basketball.

As reported by ESPN, Ball said his Junior Basketball Association will pay players a minimum of $3,000 per month, with the top player earning $10,000 per month. He’s looking for 80 players to make up 10 teams that will play in cities like Dallas, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

From ESPN:

“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.”

Ball said the rules of his league will follow those of the NBA instead of college — 12-minute quarters and a pro 3-point line.

Details are still being released, and it’s too early to tell if the league (which will be promoted by the Big Baller Brand) will actually take off. But LaVar Ball has already released a logo, featuring a silhouette of his son Lonzo.

It’s slightly different from the NBA’s logo.

“We don’t need a logo of a guy dribbling,” Ball told ESPN in reference to the NBA’s famous Jerry West silhouette. “Nobody does that anymore.”

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