LaMelo Ball taking it all in stride as NBA Draft approaches Wednesday – Press Enterprise

The day before the 2020 NBA Draft, LaMelo Ball said Tuesday, felt pretty much like any other.

The former Chino Hills High School star and youngest of the high-profile Ball brothers, LaMelo has taken a path never before traveled to the NBA, with stops in Lithuania, Australia and Geneva, Ohio. And, after a whirlwind few years, the flashy 19-year-old point guard seems to have stuck the landing: He’s being projected by many as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday, which will be aired at 5 p.m. on ESPN.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are set to pick first for the second time in team history; they’re followed by Golden State, Charlotte and Chicago.

Collectively those four teams are the only ones for whom the 6-foot-7 Ball, a top-notch passer with questionable defensive habits, said he’s worked out.

No part of the process, to hear Ball tell it Tuesday, has caused him to pause and marvel at how successful his roundabout route has been.

“I mean, I’m not gonna lie, it feels like another day right now,” Ball said on a Zoom video conference with reporters. “I’m doing my same stuff.”