UCLA star guard Lonzo Ball is officially headed to the 2017 NBA Draft after filing his draft paperwork and hiring an agent, according to a report.
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“Ball has signed with Harrison Gaines, league sources said,” wrote Shams Charania of The Vertical. “Gaines is based in California and counts Ball as his first NBA client.”
Considered by many to be one of the top prospects entering the NBA ahead of the 2017-18 season, Ball’s best feature is his shooting stroke, which allowed him to shoot 55.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from behind the arc as a freshman for the Bruins.
During the team’s run into the Sweet 16 of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Ball averaged 14.3 points, 6.7 assists and 4.7 rebounds.
It remains to be seen if his relationship with father LaVar Ball will be a boon or a millstone around his neck in the coming years. Recently, a report came out indicating “several NBA executives” worried about Ball’s father, who has said some pretty outlandish things in the past, including saying his son was — right now — better than Stephen Curry.