LaMelo Ball Enrolls At Spire Institute In Ohio

Annette Crawford
November 7, 2018

LaMelo Ball left high school previous year to join his brother LiAngelo in Lithuania on a pro team and then later in his father LaVar's Junior Basketball Association.

"I've chose to return to highschool and complete my senior year". I appreciated the JBA experience my dad provided for me.

Prior to dropping out of Chino Hills High School in California to play pro ball overseas, LaMelo ranked 7th in the country in the Class of 2019.

Ball just announced he will enroll at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, a school that boasts state-of-the-art facilities also used in training the U.S. Olympic team. According to SLAM, his first game is likely to be against La Lumiere on November 13, and in January the team will take on prep powerhouse Oak Hill Academy. It will allow him to play those in his own age group while he works toward the 2020 National Basketball Association draft.

It was a controversial move for LaVar Ball to ship his kids over to Lithuania to play professional ball earlier this year. and with Melo going back to high school, that experiment is officially over.

More of a training center than traditional high school, SPIRE is not a member of Ohio's OHSAA and operates independently. "I can't wait to play with my peers". He averaged 40.0 points, 13.8 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game during the inaugural domestic JBA season last summer.

LaMelo boarded a cross-Atlantic flight back to LA on Monday and is expected to start at Spire in the coming days.

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