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Lamelo Ball, an 16 year old Chino Hills High School men’s basketball guard, and brother of Lakers’ guard Lonzo Ball, could lose his college eligibility to play basketball according to the LA Times.
On August 31, 2017, Lamelo became the first high school basketball player to have a signature sneaker. Although still a high school junior, the NCAA has already taken notice. The NCAA bars any college athlete from promoting any product or endorsement deal.
Lamelo can wear anything from his family brand including his shoes he can promote it or advertise the shoe which he already has. With the shoe he could also lose eligibility for the NBA. The NBA draft requires one year of college experience of basketball. Ineligibility can affect his draft stock. stated NBA.
Lavar Ball responded to the NCAA by stating , “He’s [Lamelo] going to have a shoe. NCAA ain’t going to tell me anything because they’re not my boss, that’s what they do. They’re not going to be like, ‘Oh, Lavar, you can’t bring that shoe out until we tell you.’ This is something that i’m doing for my family. I’m not under no umbrella,” reported the LA Times.
Lamelo simply responded by saying “I’ve still got two years left, so I’ll worry about that when it gets there.” stated The LA Times
Since Lamelo is a junior in high school he still can retain his eligibility. According to NCAA bylaws it could be possible for LaMelo to retain his eligibility if he withdraws permission from Big Baller Brand to use his image, stated The LA Times.