Story by: Jean Racine
The most talked about college basketball player in the country is UCLA’s Lonzo Ball.
UCLA only made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament, but the legend of Ball continues to grow.
Ball averaged 14.6 points, 1.9 steals and 7.6 assist per game in his lone season as a Bruin. UCLA’s high-octane offense, led by Ball, averaged 89.8 points per game, which ranks second in the NCAA. The Bruins season came to a halt in the NCAA Tournament after an 86-75 loss to Kentucky and concluded the season with a 31-5 record.
Now that Ball’s college career is over and he has entered his name into the 2017 NBA Draft. The question that a lot of people have on their mind is who is the best point guard in 2017 NBA Draft?
Most mock drafts have Washington Huskies guard Markelle Fultz slated to go No. 1 overall in the draft, but NBA general managers should strongly consider drafting Ball at No. 1.
NBA scouts should be salivating over Ball.
Ball is a great playmaker and has the qualities to be elite at the next level. The Jason Kidd comparisons are fitting based on Ball’s height, his command of UCLA’s offense and his superb passing ability. Ball anticipates were his teammates will be on the court and he is always looking to push the ball down the court, which NBA coaches covet in today’s fast-paced NBA.
I love Ball’s motor and his ability to create offense for his teammates.
Ball does have an unorthodox jump shot, but he does have a quick release. His release is quick enough that his 360 windup should not be a problem at the next level.
Ball shot a blistering 41 percent from behind the three-point line and attempted 5.4 per game. He proved that his unorthodox jump shot works.
On the other hand, Fultz is an elite scorer and averaged 23.2 points per game, but the Huskies finished the season with a record of 9-22. If an NBA front office is looking for someone to transform their team, maybe Fultz is not a franchise changer if he could not even get his team to the NIT Tournament.
“Markelle’s a great player, but I feel I’m better than him,” said Ball in an ESPN interview. “I think I can lead a team better than him. Obviously, he’s a great scorer — he’s a great player, so I’m not taking that away from him.”
Sometimes, it’s not all about talent.
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