Chino Hills High School had become synonymous with the Ball family in recent years. Brothers Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball teamed up to lead the school to a perfect 35-0 season and a California state championship in 2016 behind a breakneck offense that thrived pushing the tempo and shooting at will.
Now the Ball family is done with the school. LaVar Ball announced youngest son LaMelo will begin homeschooling to focus on training and development as a basketball player over the next two years. You will have to wait for grassroots season next spring to see LaMelo on the basketball court again.
The decision to pull LaMelo out of Chino Hills during his junior year is the latest example of the Ball family marching to the beat of its own drum. LaMelo is far from the first elite high school athlete to go the homeschooling route, though.
Homeschooling isn’t unprecedented for elite basketball prospects
Justin Jackson didn’t need to go to traditional high school to turn into a McDonald’s All-American, national champion at North Carolina and a first round draft pick in the NBA.
Jackson was homeschooled in Tomball, Texas, where he grew into a top-10 recruit in the country while playing grassroots ball on the same team with Justise Winslow and Kelly Oubre Jr. He chose UNC and had a standout three-year career, peaking with a national title in 2017. Jackson declared for the NBA draft and was selected No. 15 overall by the Sacramento Kings in June.a
- Allonzo Trier, junior guard for Arizona and arguably the best player in the Pac-12, was homeschooled for his first two years of high school before moving to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. Trier was a five-star recruit and McDonald’s All-American.
- Khadeem Latin, a senior center at Oklahoma, has one of the most unique stories in college basketball. He was homeschooled and took online classes while spending a year playing non-professionally in Spain at the Canarias Basketball Academy.
- Michael Beasley went to six different…