According to several NBA general managers and scouts, the 6-foot-6 floor leader is a lock to be selected in the top three of June’s NBA draft. Ball struggled for much of the game Friday night, scoring 10 points and dishing out eight assists. After the game, Ball told reporters in the locker room that it was his final college game. “When I talked to him after the game, I told him, ‘You’re going to win. You’re going to lose. It’s OK. No one goes undefeated.’ They went 15-17 last year and went to the Sweet 16. This won’t be his legacy. It’s just a step to get to the ultimate goal — the NBA.”
The elder Ball has been tight-lipped about his wife, Tina. However, he told ESPN that she is recovering from a recent medical procedure and that was the reason he didn’t travel to Memphis. LaVar did not want to elaborate on the specifics of her condition but said she is improving and that the two younger boys went to see her on Thursday. “She’s making progress,” he said. “It’s been a slow recovery.”
UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final college game. The 6-foot-5 point guard, expected to be selected in the top three of June’s NBA draft, said after Friday night’s 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 that he is heading to the NBA.