High School Basketball Team Cancels Its Game Against LaMelo Ball’s New School Because He Played Professionally Last Year

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Earlier this week, LaVar Ball made headlines when he announced that his son was going back to high school to play basketball AT Spire institute in Ohio after he spent a year off playing professionally in Lithuania and in the JBA.

It seems like LaMelo’s decision is causing some friction within the high school basketball scene because one of Spire’s opponents has canceled their game because of Melo’s professional experience.

Via NWI Times

La Lumiere has canceled Tuesday’s boys basketball game against SPIRE Institute, which now features LaMelo Ball. The game was scheduled to be Ball’s debut with the team.

“The scholar-athletes at La Lumiere School are here to prepare in every way for success at the college level,” the school said in a statement. “We aim to put together as competitive a schedule as possible for our team, but we have never played against a team whose roster included any players who have played at the professional level. With the recent news that someone who has played professionally intends to play for SPIRE Academy, we are not comfortable moving forward with our game slated for next Tuesday against SPIRE.”

LaMelo ended up playing first game against another school and played pretty well according to highlight videos on Youtube.

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