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- LaVar Ball is reportedly planning to start his own basketball league aimed at players who don’t want to go to college.
- Ball plans to pay players salaries ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 a month.
- The players would wear Big Baller Brand apparel and shoes.
After turning his Big Baller Brand into a household name, LaVar Ball is now reportedly planning his next business venture – his own basketball league.
According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, Ball says he’s launching the Junior Basketball Association, aimed at high school graduates that don’t want to go to college, and plans to pay salaries worth up to $10,000 a month. Ball’s plan currently involves recruiting 80 players to fill out ten teams that he hopes will play in various NBA arenas across the country.
Ball appears as confident as ever in his ability to recruit talent to his new venture.
“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told ESPN. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jumpstart on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we’re going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids.”
The league could potentially serve as an answer to basketball’s current “one-and-done” problem, giving players an alternative option that would allow them to keep playing high-level basketball while making money rather than playing for free at a college they have no interest in graduating from.
One caveat to the league – all players would wear Big Baller Brand product on the court. “We’ll give it to them all,” Ball said. “They’ll be wearing our uniform, our shoes, our T-shirts and our hoodies.” It’s a move as in-your-face as LaVar himself, and if it works it could potentially help Ball get quality players that will later wear Nike or Adidas to start off with BBB.
While there’s still a long way to go before Ball’s idea becomes a reality – the league still has no players, venues, or well, much anything else – the Junior Basketball Association already has a logo.
Logo of LaVar Ball’s league aimed at top high school players is a silhouette of Lonzo ready to dunk. pic.twitter.com/hBf9WHBdJG
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) December 20, 2017
It’s an ambitious undertaking and with Ball’s sons LaMelo and LiAngelo playing in Lithuania this year, LaVar will be without two potential prospects to build the foundations of the Junior Basketball Association.
Since he entered the media spotlight Ball has constantly made bold claims, and the JBA is the latest that people will be looking to see if he’s able to speak into existence.