Lonzo Ball Limits Himself to the Lakers


Logan Winser and Alex Nannetti

On June 22nd, 30 NBA teams will select college athletes in the 2017 NBA draft. Many of these players will be working out with teams trying to impress scouts. One player who has decided to take a different approach is Lonzo Ball from UCLA. Lonzo will only workout for one team, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Ball led UCLA to a 31-5 record a year after the Bruins went 15-17. He led the NCAA in assists in his lone college season. Ball also shot 55.1% from the field and 41.2% from three-point range.

It was revealed on Tuesday, May 30th that the Lakers will work out Lonzo on June 9 for an individual workout. Although, according to the LAtimes, there have been questions about whether the Lakers would prefer to bring in Ball against another one of the top point guard such as Markelle Fultz or De’Aaron Fox.

The Lakers will have the second pick in the draft, which will take place in New York on June 22. Ball did not attend the NBA combine, so this workout will give the Lakers a chance to meet with him for the first time, see him in some drills and take his measurements.

When asked previously by Shams Charania of The Vertical , LaVar said that he would be open to his son working out against any of the other top players, but according to Shams Charania, Lonzo never considered a one-on-one workout.

“Ball had always planned to conduct only a private individual workout because of his success in his lone season at UCLA,” said Charania. “(He) never considered a one-on-one workout against another top prospect.”

Arrowhead Senior Chris Marmes said, “He doesn’t need to workout for another team because he is going to go to the Lakers in the draft.”