Top NBA Prospect Injures Foot, Out for Weeks


Source: USA Today

Noah Gehris, Editor

Last week, the Illawarra Hawks point guard Lamelo Ball suffered a bruised foot. Ball has been told to rest the foot for a whole month to avoid any more damage towards the foot. Ball is expected to come back in January but will take his time to return back to the court.

Potential No.1 overall draft pick Lamelo ball with his injury will now be missing several NBA scouts coming up to Australia to come see the young ballplayer play. They also were going to come up for top prospect R.J Hampton but with Ball’s injury decided to set the date back to when Ball is back on the court.

Ball, before the injury, was playing some of the best games we’ve ever seen out of the young star by putting up multiple triple-double games. Ball the game before injury, put up 25 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists. The game before Ball put up another triple-double with 32 points, 11 rebounds, and 13 assists.

The young 18-year-old previously got put at number two for the NBA mock draft by Sports Illustrated and has climbed up the list after not cutting the top ten before the start of the NBL season. Sources have said that the injury should not change Ball’s placement in the mock draft and he still has a chance at being the number one pick in next year’s draft. 

Bleacher Report reporter Mirin Fader looked at the improvements Ball has made overseas this season and stated, “Ever since LaMelo landed in Australia, he’s been dazzling scouts with behind-the-back passes and uncanny court vision. The hype has increased. One scout has even likened him to Luka Doncic. For good reason: LaMelo has an extremely tight handle and is a gifted passer. He is a creative, flashy, and instinctive playmaker.”

Ball these past few games has been filling in for the loss of Aaron Brooks not being active in-game. Brooks in October tore his Achilles and hasn’t been able to play. Brooks said this about Ball’s game, “The stuff I see is NBA stuff. His IQ is amazing”. Brooks’ compliment towards Ball’s game is extraordinary on the fact that Brooks used to be an NBA player for 11 years and even won Most Improved Player.