LaVar Ball doesn't care if LaMelo is ineligible due to his BBB shoe.
Yesterday afternoon LaMelo Ball became the first high school basketball player to launch his very own signature sneaker, the $395 Big Baller Brand Melo Ball 1.
LaMelo is entering his junior year at Chino Hills High School but has already committed to playing for the UCLA Bruins, just like his older brothers Lonzo and LiAngelo. The 6'2 160-pound point guard, currently the 17th ranked player in the Class of 2019, according to Rivals.com, could run into eligibility issues because of the Melo Ball 1.
According to Yahoo Sports,
“Generally speaking, a college athlete or prospect paid for use of their athletics reputation or ability risks their future eligibility in that sport,” an NCAA source told Yahoo Sports. “This includes profiting from the sale of items bearing the young person’s name. NCAA rules, however, do allow prospects to promote commercial products prior to enrollment provided it is not for pay.”
LaMelo's father, LaVar, doesn't seem at all concerned whether his son is eligible to play ball at UCLA or not. He told ESPN,
"We'll worry about it when we get there," Ball told ESPN. "Who cares? If he can't play, then he can't play. It doesn't mean he'll stop working out and getting better."
"Maybe in two years, they'll change the rule and he'll be able to go to the NBA straight out of high school," LaVar Ball said.
Check out some of the reactions to the Big Baller Brand Melo Ball 1 below.
Lamelo Ball got a signature shoe and he in high school. Y'all can talk all the ish you want. I love Lavars hustle for his fam.— Jam. (@OfficialJammy) August 31, 2017
The NCAA trying to wrap its head around this LaMelo Ball signature shoe situation ..... pic.twitter.com/if5R9nw2qP— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) August 31, 2017
NCAA officials looking at LaMelo's shoe ready to strip him of all his eligibility pic.twitter.com/Pdb7MpWsB5— Poe Dameron (@Kontra402) August 31, 2017
if your first thought about LaMelo Ball's sneaker is his eligibility, you're the feds— Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad) August 31, 2017
The NCAA after seeing Lamelo got his own BBB sneaker. pic.twitter.com/KB11eVKFGZ— Alexander. (@KAlexander_Co) August 31, 2017
Lamelo ball is the first high school player to have a signature shoe. Gotta respect the Ball family hustle 🤑🏀 #BigBaller— Damian (@damianxmeza) August 31, 2017
Big Baller Brand spokesman Alan Foster on if LaMelo shoe makes him ineligible: "We will leave that up to the NCAA."— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 31, 2017
If LaMelo Ball is getting paid for BBB shoe deal, he's ineligible. That's of course a harder question to answer when your dad is the CEO. pic.twitter.com/A9gJMECCFN— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) August 31, 2017
LaMelo Ball playing one year in China (while family tries to expand BBB in that market) instead of going to UCLA doesn't sound far-fetched.— Scott Phillips (@phillipshoops) August 31, 2017
Young Melo with the Lambo. Stop playin wit shorty, he really out here.— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 31, 2017