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BIRTHDATE: 8/22/01

POSITION: Point Guard

HEIGHT: 6'7"

WEIGHT: 190 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Illawara Hawks

CLASS: International 

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  • Excellent court vision and feel as a passer

  • Great size for a point guard at 6'8

  • First class creativity and confidence

  • Fast in open floor

  • Good touch and range on floater

  • Herky jerky shifty and advanced ball handler 

  • Loves to play in transition

  • Can make plays out of P&R

  • Excellent potential and high ceiling

  • Potential as a scorer off the dribble

  • Creative finisher around the rim


  • Shot selection

  • Inefficient shooting percentages

  • Not an explosive athlete

  • Turnovers

  • Must get stronger

  • Effort levels are inconsistent


LaMelo Ball has put himself in consideration to be the top pick in June's draft with his strong play in Australia's NBL. Melo is a gifted and creative playmaker with outstanding passing instincts. His shooting efficiency, shot selection and consistency in his effort must improve, but  overall he's a top 5 talent in this draft. 

You can make a strong case and say Melo (along with RJ Hampton and Killian Hayes) has faced tougher competition than his peers and his production against grown men and professionals should give him an advantage. Ball has had some impressive games this season wit back to back triple doubles and some ridiculous high level passes and reads, but I'm still very concerned about his shooting and finishing vs NBA length around the rim.



Rafael Barlowe - December 1, 2019


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