He's just 13 years old and he hasn't played high school basketball yet, but LaMelo Ball has given UCLA--his "dream school"--a verbal commitment. Lamelo becomes the third member of the Ball family to commit to UCLA. Five-star point guard Lonzo Ball will join the Bruins next year, three-star wing LiAngelo is a member of the 2017 recruiting class, and LaMelo will arrive in Westwood in 2019.
Like older brother Lonzo, LaMelo is a point guard.
As Michelle Gardner reports, LaMelo knows where he wants to play college ball and sees no reason to postpone his decision:
"It is my dream school. I decided to get it out of the way now instead of waiting for the future."
When Scout.com's Josh Gershon reported LiAngelo's commitment, he spoke with LaVar Ball, the father of the Ball brothers, who said this:
"I've got three monsters over here and all three of them are lined up to follow the same path. The little guy (2019 PG LaMelo Ball) is next."
LaMelo will be joining his brothers and future Bruins at Chino Hills High School this year, so there's the potential of seeing all three brothers on the court at the same time for the Huskies.
Although LaMelo is just 5'9" and 120 lbs right now, he has plenty of experience playing against bigger, stronger opponents, and he's shown he can hold his own.
If you want to see the Ball brothers play together, check out the video below from the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo combined to score 93 points in the contest.
However, don't expect to see the Balls playing together in Pauley Pavilion. Lonzo has indicated that he intends to be a one-and-done.
Congratulations to LaMelo Ball on his decision to follow his brothers' lead in committimg to UCLA!