Given its current situation, the future of LaMelo Ball consists of two likely options, neither of which include college basketball. Ball could go to the G League, an option that was usually banned as one of the few to receive a Select contract.
The second option could be that Ball returns to Spire Institute or another prep school for another season before the concept qualifies.
Rival's writer Corey Evans detailed the two options available for Ball, while possibly also providing insight into his decision.
"There are two avenues that have opened up to Ball, sources have told Rivals.com. The first would be that Ball would follow a preparatory year next year, making him eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft. He would be a year off the right age from his high school graduation, similar to what was released last year with Anfernee Simons.
The other route is that Ball graduates from high school and joins the new G-League initiative that would pay him up to $ 150,000 and be included in the October competition. After one season, he would be eligible for the 2020 concept.
It seems that Ball is leaning towards the previous option, so that his always departing father, the infamous Lavar Ball, could control the story about his youngest child. "
The reasoning behind the decision has its validity as the apparently main goal of the Ball family in all decisions to control the story for as long as possible. It explains their decision to create the Junior Basketball Association (JBA) and their decision to keep LaMelo and LiAngelo out of organized basketball in many steps.
Even then, it would be a bit surprising to see Ball reject the G League. Through that route Ball would earn $ 125,000 on top of being able to promote his shoe for a larger audience. It would also get Ball for NBA scouts, teams and alongside borderline NBA players. How much that matters to the Ball family remains to be seen, but it feels like the wiser option.
The NBA has not yet announced any further plans for the G League Select contracts and when they might be issued.