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LaVar Ball Plans to Start Basketball League for High School Graduates

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LaVar Ball said Wednesday that he is launching a basketball league for nationally ranked players who have graduated from high school but don’t want to go to college.

Ball said his Junior Basketball Association — which he said is fully funded by his Big Baller Brand — plans to pay the lowest-ranked player a salary of $3,000 a month and the best player $10,000 a month. Ball is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams that will seek to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.

“Getting these players is going to be easy,” Ball told ESPN. “This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts; and we’re going to pay them, because someone has to pay these kids.”

Ball said the rules of his league will follow those of the NBA instead of college — 12-minute quarters and a pro 3-point line.

Ball said he was partly motivated by the comments made earlier in the month by NCAA president Mark Emmert, who was asked at a SportsBusiness Journal conference whether Ball was good or bad for the college game.

Source: Darren Rovell of ESPN

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Report: James Wiseman to Leave NCAA, Prepare for NBA Draft

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Potential No. 1 pick James Wiseman of Memphis has left the university, will sign with an agent and begin preparing for 2020 NBA draft.


James Wiseman began informing Memphis coaches in recent days about decision to leave school and sign with an agent. Penny Hardaway pushed hard and attempted to keep his star recruit. After 12-game suspension and $11,500 charity fee discipline, Wiseman is gone from NCAA.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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Report: Cole Anthony Out Four-to-Six Weeks after Surgery on Torn Meniscus

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North Carolina freshman point guard Cole Anthony underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure Monday morning, according to the university.

He is expected to miss four to six weeks as he recovers from a partially torn meniscus.

Anthony’s injury was said to have occurred over time and not during one play.

Source: Jonathan M. Alexander of The News & Observer

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Report: Zion Williamson Declares for NBA Draft

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Projected No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson of Duke has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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