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LaVar Ball Set to Launch Basketball Pro League

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LaVar Ball launches Pro League and announced Wednesday his plans to the basketball community.  He is launching this league for nationally ranked players who have graduated from high school but do not desire to attend college.

Currently, athletes are not eligible for the NBA draft unless they play one full season with a college basketball team.  With LaVar’s help, players will not have to participate in these one-and-done seasons.

LaVar Ball Launches Pro League

This new league will be supported monetarily by the Big Baller Brand.  They are looking to recruit 80 players to fill spots on 10 different teams.  Each player is going to be paid based on their rank.  For example, the lowest ranked player will make $3,000 a month while the top-ranked player makes $10,000 a month.

The plan is to have these 10 teams play in NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn as well as Atlanta.

LaVar Ball told Darren Rovell of ESPN 

“Getting these players will be easy. This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”

Ball’s new league will follow those rules of the NBA instead of college.  The games will be played in quarters and will play with an NBA 3-point line.

Ball was motivated to launch this league after his son LiAngelo Ball left  UCLA.  His son LiAngelo planned on playing a one-and-done season with UCLA before taking his chances with the NBA draft.  Ball began to wonder what the point was for these athletes to play a one-and-done season at the college level.  So what does he do, well LaVar Ball launches Pro League.

In reference to one-and-done seasons, Ball told Darren Rovell of ESPN.

“Those kids who are one-and-done, they shouldn’t be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores. So our guy isn’t going to go to Florida State for a year. He’s going to come to our league.”

Ball’s new league will not feature any of his three son’s.

What’s Next?

LaVar Ball Launches Pro League

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Currently, no players have committed to play in this new Pro League.  There is no doubt it will take a lot of work for this new league to launch.

The question becomes, What impact will this new league have on college basketball?

Prestigious college basketball programs like Duke and Kentucky usually have young freshman lineups.  These teams and plenty more have had tremendous success in the past with freshman players.

Perhaps the launch of this league may entice young players to skip college in order to participate in this new league.  College programs may suffer tremendously in the end.

What will happen now that LaVar Ball launches Pro League?

Only time will tell what the impact will truly be.










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