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LaVar Ball announces plans to start pro league for high schoolers who want to skip college

By in Press Enterprise on December 20, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

The Junior Basketball Association, a 10-team league that will hold games in NBA arenas and include an L.A. franchise, made up of high school players who do not want to attend college, is the latest creation of LaVar Ball and the Big Baller Brand.

Ball told ESPN of his plans Wednesday, including the unveiling of a league logo that has the outline of his son, Lonzo Ball, the Lakers’ starting point guard who actually did attend one year of college at UCLA.

“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball said.

He later told SLAM.com: “With the introduction of the JBA, allowing the NCAA to regulate and control the eligibility status of top basketball prospects will no longer be an issue. There is no need to partake in an institution that claims its purpose is not to help you prepare for your professional career.”

Ball said the JBA would pay players between $3,000 and $10,000 a month, funded by his Big Baller Brand. Players would also be required to wear BBB shoes and apparel. It would also play by NBA rules instead of college.

Ball admits no venues have been rented or ticket prices set. No players are signed — not even his sons LiAngelo and LaMelo, who are about to start playing in Lithuania. The only timeframe given is on the new website — jbaleague.com — which lists its launch this summer.

The NBA has had a development league since 2001, currently known as the 26-team G League as its minor-league operations. Players make $19,500 or $26,000 for the six-month league schedule.

An NBA minimum salary this season is $562,493.

BREAKING: LaVar Ball Launches League That Will Pay Top HS Prospects Up to $10K Per Month & Serve As An Alternative to College pic.twitter.com/EpKfkPrSas

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