Immediately following UCLA’s Sweet 16 loss to Kentucky Friday night, Lonzo Ball announced he would declare for the 2017 NBA draft.
“That was my final game at UCLA,” he said. “I appreciate all the fans.”
LaVar Ball, Lonzo’s father, maintained before the season even began that his oldest son would only play one season at UCLA. The alacrity with which the Bruins All-America point guard declared his decision was probably an indication Lonzo knew all along.
“I have so many memories, I can’t tell you all,” Ball said. “Started in Australia and at the end of the day, this is a family. We’ll be together for life and I’ve built relationships for life.”
Ball averaged 14.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and a nation-leading 7.6 assists during his freshman season, the only player in college basketball to achieve such numbers.
Steve Alford seemed well aware of the arrangement from the beginning, speaking throughout the season as if Ball would leave for the NBA after one season. Continue reading “Lonzo Ball confirms he’s leaving UCLA for the NBA” »