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UCLA Bruins Basketball Recruit LaMelo Ball Done at Chino Hills

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LaMelo Ball will withdraw from Chino Hills and be home-schooled for his last two years of high school.

High School Basketball: Chino Hills at Rancho Cucamonga Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

I think it is safe to say that there is not a single thing that LaVar Ball can do that will surprise us anymore. The LA Times broke the news this afternoon that LaMelo will no longer attend Chino Hills and will forgo his last two seasons there to be home-schooled by none other than LaVar himself.

Ball told the Times’ Eric Sondheimer:

I'm going to make him the best basketball player ever. It's good for Melo. Less distractions. He just needs to focus. They'll have to sit back and wait.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelbourne tweeted a longer quote from Ball:

In the big picture, with a full scholarship offer from UCLA, there is not a lot that LaMelo has to play for, except the joy and camaraderie that often accompanies playing high school basketball. However, it had already been widely reported that LaVar Ball was not happy with the new coach for Chino Hills, and not happy with the new coach, Dennis Latimore, might be an understatement.

For those of us that follow high school sports, it will be a loss to not be able to follow LaMelo and his development, especially in the Southern California area. For those interested in following his development you will have to follow LaVar Ball’s AAU team, the Big Ballers to see him play.