Lonzo Anderson Ball is a professional basketball player of the National Basketball Association. The 6-foot-6-inch point guard is currently under contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. He started playing professional basketball after being the second overall pick during the NBA draft of 2017.
Ball was born to former college basketball players, Tina and LaVar Ball. He also has two younger brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo who are both NBA players. He started playing basketball at the tender age of 2 and was coached by his father up until entering high school. This was together with his younger brothers and cousin, Andre.
Ball was part of the basketball team of Chino Hills High School and had idolized Lebron James since the age of six. His excellent performance during his high school years earned him national honors including Mr. Basketball USA, USA today Boys Basketball Player of the Year, and the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year. He also became a five-star recruit and was ranked sixth in the nation by ESPN and Rivals.com in 2016. In the later part of 2015, Ball declared his commitment to play for the Bruins of the University of California Los Angeles.
Bruins became one of the top college basketball teams in the nation with the entrance of Ball in the 2016-2017 season. Due to his excellent basketball performance, he was considered as one of the prospects for the John R. Wooden Award and was named the Wooden Legacy tournament’s most valuable player. He was also the only freshman that was listed as a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Naismith College Player of the Year. By the end of his freshman season, he declared his intent in taking part in the 2017 NBA draft.
The 2017 NBA draft made Ball the second overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. During his first NBA Summer League, he was named the most valuable player. By early 2018, he was named NBA All-Rookie Second Team. In the 2018-2019 season, Ball became a dynamic and excellent defender. He did compete in many of the season’s games because of an injury. By July 2019, he was to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In addition to being a professional basketball player, Ball also is an endorser of his own brand of shoes and had produced discography albums and singles.
- 2016 Naismith Prep Player of the Year
- 2016 Mr. Basketball USA
- 2017 Wayman Tisdale Award
- 2018 NBA All-Rookie Second Team