UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball has lived up to the early hype, but his dad isn’t making it any easier on him.
Named the Naismith High School Player of the Year, Ball was the No. 1 ranked point guard in the 2016 class. NBA experts already consider him a top five pick in next year’s draft.
His production through the first five games has validated the early accolades. Ball averages 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and an NCAA-best 9.6 assists per game in five wins where the Bruins are scoring 81.4 points per contest.
During a Thanksgiving week route, Ball’s father Lavar told Jeff Goodman his son and the Bruins are just getting started.
“I’m going to tell you right now before you see it,” Lavar said. “UCLA is going to win the NCAA championship. You think I’m playing? Right here and right now. Guaranteed. Come see me when they win it.”
Lonzo laughed it off and head coach Steve Alford downplayed it. “We may not get to that point, but we’re going to do everything we can,” Alford said.
Before they can think about a Final Four, they need to eat a piece of humble pie in Rupp Arena.