Lonzo Ball is a well-known American basketball player. He is a basketball genius and his accuracy in throwing the ball remains unmatched. Lonzo is also known for the energy he brings to the game. He played with the ‘UCLA Bruins’ in college before he was selected for the ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ of the ‘National Basketball Association.’ He was selected in the ‘2017 NBA draft.’ He was the second overall pick. He was also selected for the ‘2017 NFL.’ He was the third pick for the ‘Lakers’ after D ‘Angelo Rusello and Brandon Ingram. Currently, he is the point guard in the ‘Lakers.’ Amongst his numerous awards and honors, he won ‘Mr. Basketball USA’ in 2016. He was also awarded ‘Wayman Tisdale Award’ for being America’s top freshman of 2016. As a freshman, he broke the ‘UCLA’s old record of most assists in a season. He also endorses various sports brands, including ‘Nike,’ Adidas,’ and ‘Under Armour.’
Childhood & Early Life
Lonzo Anderson Ball was born on October 20, 1997, in Los Angeles, California. His parents, Lavar and Tina Ball, were also basketball players.
Lonzo started playing basketball at the age of two and never stopped thereafter. He initially spent his time playing basketball with his brothers, LiAngelo, and LeMalo, who are also basketball players.
He attended ‘Chino Hills High School’ in Chino Hills, California. In 2015, he signed a ‘National Letter of Intent’ to attend the prestigious ‘University of California,’ Los Angeles (UCLA) and play for ‘UCLA Bruins.’
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During his junior year in 2014-15, he scored 25 points, 11 rebounds, 9.1 assists, and 5 blocks on an average.
During his senior year, he led his team ‘Huskies’ to a scintillating 35-0 win, along with a state title. His younger brothers, LiAngelo and LeMalo, were also a part of the team, which was then ranked No.1 in the country.
After joining ‘UCLA’ in 2016, Lonzo, along with fellow freshman, T.J Leaf, transformed the fate of ‘Bruins.’ He left no stone unturned in making ‘Bruins’ the top scoring offense in the country
The transformation began against the ‘Pacific’ when he scored 19 points and helped in 11 assists, and 8 rebounds. Later, he led his team to win the championship match against ‘Texas A&M.’
His team’s victory against ‘Texas A&M’ got him the ‘MVP’ of the ‘Wooden Legacy’ tournament. He remained in the ‘Wooden Award’ list until the mid-season along with the only other ‘UCLA’ candidate, T.J Leaf.
His best score of the 2016 season came in a 77-68 win over ‘Washington State.’ His 14 assists in the game broke Gary Payton’s record for maximum assists by a freshman.
In his team’s grand win against ‘Washington Huskies’ by of 107-66, Lonzo had scored 22 points, helped in 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. He was compared to Markelle Fultz, the top point guard at the time.
In the ‘NCAA Tournament,’ ‘Bruins’ scored a majestic win over ‘Kent State’ in the opening game. Even though they performed well in the beginning, ‘The Bruins’ later lost to ‘Kentucky’ by 86-75. Ball scored 10 points, 4 turnovers, and 8 assists in the losing game.
By the end of the 2016-17 season, Ball’s average score was 14.6 points, 7.6 assists, and 6.0 rebounds, which made him the only player to average 14 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds. The first to do so was California’s Jason Kidd, who achieved the feat in 1993-94.
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Ball was selected to by ‘Los Angeles Lakers’ to play in the ‘2017 NBA Draft,’ on June 22, 2017. He was the second pick, overall, and was signed for a four-year contract.
His performance in the ‘2017 NBA Summer League Tournament’ went far beyond everybody’s expectations. Ball scored on an average of 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 blocks in each game, along with two triple-doubles, first ever by a new comer in Vegas.
On October 20, 2017, he scored 11 rebounds and 9 assists against ‘Phoenix Suns,’ which became his career high with overall 29 points. His team had a 132-130 win over ‘Phoenix Suns.’
His more than 10 assists also became first in the history of the league. In the next match, Ball became the youngest player ever to get 10 assists in a single game against ‘New Orleans Pelicans’ in a 119-112 loss to the latter.
In the next game, his team lost to ‘Milwaukee Bucks’ but Ball became the youngest player to achieve a triple-double feat. On November 19, 2017, he achieved his second triple-double in a 127-109 win over ‘Denver Nuggets.’
He almost broke Steve Francis’ record of most rebounds by an ‘NBA’ rookie. While Steve scored 17 rebounds in the 1999-2000, Ball scored 16 rebounds in the game along with 11 points and 11 assists.
A sprained shoulder kept him away from the game for a long time. He returned only to suffer another injury during a match against ‘Dallas Mavericks’ on January 13, 2018.
He had to miss ‘Rising stars Challenge’ during ‘NBA All-Star Weekend’ due to his injury. He returned on February 23, 2018, to play against ‘Dallas Mavericks’ where he scored 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 assists in a 124-102 victory.
Awards & Achievements
During high school, Ball won numerous honors and awards. Some of them are ‘Naismith Prep Player of the Year’ (2016), ‘Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year’ (2016), ‘USA Today Boys Basketball Player of the Year’ (2016), and ‘Mr. Basketball USA’ (2016).
At the college level, he won ‘Wayman Tisdale Award’ in 2017. He became ‘Pac-12 Fresh Man of the Year’ (2017) as well as ‘Sporting News First Team All-American’ (2017) amongst many other honors.
Lonzo is currently dating Denise Garcia, a soccer player from Women’s Division I. Garcia has played professionally for ‘University of California,’ Riverside, and ‘Seattle University.’
The couple has been together since their high school days. Lonzo and Garcia are also expecting their first child together.
Lonzo is also a rapper and released his first rap single ‘Melo Ball 1’ in September 2017. The song was an ode to his younger brother, LaMelo.
He released his debut album ‘Born 2 Ball’ in 2018. He was also a part of ‘Ball in the Family,’ a Facebook Watch reality show, which premiered in August 2017.
He has also made an appearance in TV shows, including ‘Fuller House’ (2016) and ‘Droppin’ Cash: LA’ (2018).