Inside LaMelo Ball’s Journey To The NBA: The ESPN Cover Story

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CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES — Future NBA player and global basketball sensation LaMelo Ball is featured in the latest issue of ESPN Cover Story.

ESPN Cover Story is the sports fan’s monthly ticket to the biggest stories on the most captivating athletes – told with inside access, bold reporting and unforgettable visuals.

LaMelo Ball has emerged as possibly the number one pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. The 18-year-old landed a signature shoe deal and signed with an agent in 11th grade, which made him ineligible to play college basketball, therefore he became the youngest American to play a professional game after he joined a team in Lithuania at 16. He has played professionally in Lithuania and Australia, but has never played a truly significant game in the United States. He is the most famous in the 2020 draft and most well-known mystery in sports. When his name is called early during the NBA draft, another journey will begin: one he must navigate on his own.

On August 20th, the Minnesota Timberwolves won NBA Draft Lottery 2020 presented by State FarmÂź, which was conducted at the NBA office in Secaucus, New Jersey. The Timberwolves will have the first overall pick in NBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm, which is scheduled to be held on Friday, Oct. 16.

This shoot was shot by photographer Marcus Smith and styled by Whitney Michel. Melo styles in a bomber jacket by Amiri, T-shirt by Billy Reid, pants and sweater by Rhude, and sneakers by Nike.

Head over to ESPN to read the cover story:

Photos Credit: Marcus Smith for ESPN

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