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Saturday, January 25, 2020

LaVar Ball: LaMelo will have own shoe even if it costs him college eligibility

LaMelo Ball

In the question of signature shoe vs. college eligibility, LaVar Ball and son LaMelo are picking the shoe.

The patriarch of the Ball family said Sunday that if the choice came down to LaMelo keeping his college eligibility or keeping his own shoe, the shoe was going to win out.

“He’s going to have a shoe,” LaVar said, via Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times. “NCAA ain’t going to tell me [anything]. Because they’re not my boss. That’s what they do, but they’re not going to be like, ‘Oh, LaVar, you can’t bring that shoe out until we tell you.’ What? Something that I’m doing for my family? That’s mine? I’m not under no umbrella.”

16-year-old LaMelo simply said that he would worry about all that later. He is, after all, only a high school junior, though like his older brothers, he has already committed to UCLA.

“I’ve still got two years left, so I’ll worry about that when it gets there,” LaMelo said.

LaMelo recently gained the distinction of being the first high schooler with his own signature shoe. It’s not clear what impact that will have on his college eligibility, but that problem is still two years down the road.



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