While basketball observers are wondering whether Lonzo Ball being thoroughly outplayed by De’Aaron Fox in Kentucky’s Sweet 16 victory over UCLA will affect where Ball is selected in June’s NBA Draft, LaVar Ball assures us that it won’t.
Fox wasn’t guarded by Ball the entire game, but he went for 39 points, the most for a freshman in NCCA Tournament history. Ball had 10 points, shooting 1 for 6 from 3-point range, as well as eight assists and four turnovers.
Ball is the consensus No. 2 overall pick, according to mock NBA Drafts around the Internet, and Fox is projected sixth.
While LaVar Ball takes issue with Lonzo being projected to be picked after Washington’s Markelle Fultz, he’s probably right when he says (via ESPN), “They (the Bruins) came up short, but one game doesn’t define his season. No one is going to take De’Aaron Fox over him because of one game. It’s about your body of work, and people know what he can do.”
This isn’t the first time LaVar has trumpeted his son’s NBA prospects over those of Fox. When UCLA played at Kentucky in December, Ball had 14 points and seven assists to Fox’s 20 and nine, but the Bruins won 97-92.
“He can’t mess with Zo,” LaVar told ESPN after that game. “You can have 40 points and Lonzo can have two points and make the game-winner, and I’m going with him. You had more points, but look at who won the game … I don’t know if he’d be in the top five of the draft for me. I want a bigger, stronger guy.”