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Name: Lonzo Ball

School: UCLA

Season: Freshman

ESPN High School Ranking: 4 (2016)

Birthdate: October 27, 1997 (19)

Birthplace: Chino Hills, California

Family: 

- Dad, Lavar, runs a personal basketball training business

- Lavar is overly involved in his sons' basketball careers - pushes them to give everything they have, no holidays off

- Played High School basketball with his 2 brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo

- Lavar played basketball and football at Washington State and Cal State Los Angeles - made NFL

High School: Chino Hills High School

Accolades:

- 2016 California Mr. Basketball

- 2016 McDonald's All-American

- Mr. Basketball USA

- USA Today Player of the Year

- Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year

- Naismith Prep Player of the Year

- Won State Championship in senior season

Twitter: ZO2_

Instagram: z02_

Height: 6'6

Weight: 190

Injury History: N/A

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Describes his game as versatile and uptempo

- Working on getting stronger

Freshman Season Stats: Through 22 games

- 14.9 PPG

- 8 APG

- 5.8 RPG

- 1.4 SPG

- 1 BPG

- 54% FG

- 43% 3

- 66% FT

Analytics: 

1st in assists in the NCAA

- 7th in effective field goal percentage in the NCAA

- 7th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- 6th in total win shares in the NCAA

- 8th in offensive box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 14th in box plus/minus in the NCAA

- 12 in offensive rating in the NCAA

Position: PG

Greatest Strength: Passing

Greatest Weakness: Lateral movement + Getting to the rim off the dribble

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 7

Speed: 9

Strength: 6

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 9

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 9

Jumpshot: 8

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: N/A

Handle: 9

Passing: 9

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 8

Touch: 8

Hands: 9

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 8

Steals: 7

Blocks: 7

Pick and Roll: 

- Offensively, he is unstoppable - always aware of where open teammates are and finds them

- Struggles to get around ball screen, but his length and wingspan allow him to contest shots well

- Mediocre lateral quickness - Even when he gets caught up in screen/gets beat, he has great closing speed 

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- The game comes easy to him - natural basketball player and athlete with the ball

- Elite passer standing still or off the dribble

- Deflects, steals, blocks a lot of balls defensively

- Freak basketball athlete - unlimited potential

- Head up, finds shooters on time on target coming off screens (especially Alford)

- Will average 10 assists in the NBA

- Very good 3 point shooter

- Natural instincts/nose for the ball on boards

- Good cutter

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Portland

- #2 Alec Wintering

- #33 Jarret Marshall

- #5 D'Marques Tyson

- Very tall PG

- Misses catch and shoot deep 3 at left 45 - strange release

- Chasedown block in transition - called for foul

- Poor over the top entry pass 

- Strips player on fast break with his long reach

- Incredibly quick with the ball in transition - end-to-end, protects ball and gets fouled - showed elite NBA speed with the ball

- Swish 3 at right 45, windup and shoots from side like Kevin Martin

- Good D on drive cutting off defender - he intimidates smaller guards with his length

- Gives up 3 in corner - lazy defense, gave shooter too much room

- Fantastic pass - catches left corner, drives baseline, draws help, hits big for short jumper and he hits

- Drives middle from left 45, up and under, misses but gets fouled - FTs 1/2

- Misses right 45 3 - rims out - settle

- Another ridiculous pass - he is playing a different game than everyone else - in transition takes one dribble at 3 point line, skip pass to open 3 point shooter in opposite corner for made 3

- Bad defense on left ball screen, trails and his man hits jumper

- Skies for defensive rebound

- Good denial on inbounds, gets steal, transition and makes great pass to teammate for layup even though he probably could have scored himself

- Good balance of passing and scoring

- Corner 3 catch and shoot

- Uses right ball screen, all eyes on him, gets in lane and hits short corner big for easy short jumper - hits 

- Nice drive and kick one handed pass to left short corner - ball eventually comes back to him in right corner for 3 - hits it

- Pass to corner shooter coming off screen - assist - hits everyone in their spot

- Catch and shoot 3 left 45 hit

- Catch and shoot 3 right 45 miss

- Good cut baseline, catch and miss but gathers rebound and layup with left

- Pump at left 45 3, drive, euro step, finds shooter in corner - does it so quickly nobody can react - he reminds me of Harden

- Fakes to ball, goes backdoor over defender, catch, lays it in in mid-air and one - hits FT

NBA Comparison: Jason Kidd

Current Ability: 8

Projection as an NBA Player: 9

Projected Draft Spot: Top 5

Opinion: Ball is a high IQ offensive mastermind. He has the "it" factor. The first name that comes to mind is Jason Kidd. Ball is guaranteed to be an NBA star and is the potential Number 1 pick in the 2017 draft. He could run a Golden State-style offense, which is how UCLA plays - very fast-paced, finding shooters off screens, everyone has the green light. He knows when and where to find teammates at all times and makes the game easy for everyone around him.