NBA future: Teen NBA prospect LaMelo Ball signs with Australia's Hawks

LAS VEGAS NEVADA- MARCH 31 La Melo Ball smiles after the Big Baller Brand All American Game at the Orleans Arena

The 17-year-old point guard won't try to see if he can attain NCAA eligibility but instead will play next season in an Australian professional basketball league as he awaits the 2020 NBA draft.

"Next year I'm taking my talents to the NBL and play for the Illawarra Hawks", Ball said on ESPN's The Jump.

Also playing in the NBL will be ESPN's fifth-rated prospect from this year's USA high school talent, R.J. Hampton, who will play for the New Zealand Breakers next season. Hampton signed with the NBL's New Zealand Breakers in late May.

This comes after LaMelo's stints with a Lithuanian squad and the Junior Basketball Association's Los Angeles Ballers.

"I am really looking forward to playing professionally this season, so that I can focus all of my time and energy on basketball", Ball said.

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ESPN personality Stephen A. Smith threw the conversation to Qerim, who said she was "switching gears" with the next question, to which Ball responded, "You can switch gears with me any day". The 17-year-old guard is rated as one of the best US high school basketball players and is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Traditionally, players have chosen to spend their "one-and-done" year at a college - where they are not paid a cent, but receive free tuition as part of their basketball scholarships.

If LaMelo is coming Down Under, then LaVar is surely also coming to grace our shores. LaVar Ball's oldest son, Lonzo, was drafted No. 2 overall in 2017 by the Lakers, who are set to trade him to the Pelicans. It gives him a fantastic opportunity to play against some hardened professionals, which I think will do wonders in terms of getting him ready for his rookie year in the National Basketball Association. LaVar Ball, LaMelo's outspoken father, previously told reporters that LaMelo was choosing between Australia and China for the next step in his basketball career. "Together we will work hard so he can achieve his ultimate goal".

American teenager LaMelo Ball has signed with the Illawarra Hawks for the upcoming National Basketball League season, the second top US prospect to join the Australian league under its Next Stars Program.

Lonzo Ball isn't the only member of his family who could be on the move this month.

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