Basketball dad LaVar Ball announced on Wednesday that he’s launching a basketball league for players who have garnered national ranking but do not wish to attend college after graduating from high school.
ESPN reports that Ball, the father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, said his Junior Basketball Association will pay the lowest-ranked player $3,000 a month and the best player $10,000 a month. The association is reportedly fully funded by Ball’s Big Baller Brand.
The sports dad is currently seeking 80 players who have dreams of one day playing in the NBA. According to his plan, they will fill 10 teams to seek to play at NBA arenas in LA, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told ESPN. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”
As for the league’s rules, Ball said they will follow those of the NBA and not college (12-minute quarters and a pro three-point line). He said the comments made by NCAA President Mark Emmert partially motivated him to start the league. Emmert’s remarks were in response to the question of whether Ball was good or bad for the college game.
“Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school’s jersey on, representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer?” Emmert responded, just a few days after Ball’s son LiAngelo left UCLA to turn pro before even playing for the school. “If it’s the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don’t want to and you don’t think that it’s right for your family, then don’t come.”