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Is LaVar Ball Trying to Recruit Tyler Herro?

Via Getty’s Jayne Kamin-Oncea and adidas

Via Getty’s Jayne Kamin-Oncea and adidas

It looks like John Calipari has some competition from a Big Baller.

While LaVar Ball coaches two of his kids in Lithuania, his Big Baller Brand is trying to create a professional basketball league for players who do not wish to go to college before entering the NBA Draft.  Ball told Darren Rovell players could make up to $8,000 a month in the ten-team Junior Baller Association.

In order to have a league, you have to have players. That might be a problem.

A basketball recruiting account that edits pictures for prospects, @TiptonEdits, is releasing screenshots of DMs from the Big Baller Brand to elite high school recruits.  According to the account, one of the Big Baller Brand’s targets is Kentucky signee Tyler Herro.

The account also shared DMs from BBB to Vanderbilt signee and former UK recruit Simi Shittu, former UofL commit Anfernee Simons and Kansas signee Devon Dotson.

Even though they sent out a feeler, it looks like they’ve been turned down by Tyler Herro.  I guess LaVar just isn’t a big enough baller to keep up with Coach Cal.

Update (11:41)

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has confirmed that BBB did reach out to Herro, who declined the offer to play in the Junior Baller Association.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for Is LaVar Ball Trying to Recruit Tyler Herro?

  1. Mathlete
    11:45 am February 2, 2018 Permalink

    No surprise – you couldn’t pay me to play for Lavar Ball either

  2. Cryingtheblues
    11:59 am February 2, 2018 Permalink

    Lavar Ball is an ABSOLUTE JOKE!!

  3. Corder
    12:11 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    He may be a joke and I hate everything he is about but with that said its not a far fetched idea considering the increase of players going over seas to play one year instead of going to college. It’s actually a pretty smart idea and does give people another option other than over seas play at 18 years old. Granted he is not the guy that can make this happen but not that bad of a idea.

    • Smyrna_Cat
      12:32 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      Players go over seas to play because the can’t make the NBA, the G-league doesn’t play very well, and playing in a major league in another country pays well and prepares them for another go at the NBA. I can’t see the Sucky Ball League doing either of those.

    • PillsburyThrowboy
      1:16 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with Smyrna. There’s also healthcare, which I’m almost sure won’t be as good as the NBA, College, or overseas.

    • J-Dub421
      1:17 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      Where is the market for this though? Lavar is trying to compete with college, the G-League, NBA, and various foreign leagues in Europe, Asia, and South America. All those leagues are already established with players, coaches, trainers, and sponsors.

  4. runningunnin.454
    12:12 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    Can a judge order his jaws wired shut? And give the world a break.

  5. Duuuuuude
    12:13 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    This could be the right idea. Its just the worst messenger. Who could trust this guy anyway?

  6. CatstopWontstop
    12:21 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    I often wonder what life was like for someone growing up in the baby boomer generation. Before social media, cable TV, and constant coverage on networks by CBS, Fox, MSNBC, ESPN, etc. Were people like LaVar Ball, Kim K, “Real Housewives,” etc. able to make a name for themselves simply by being loud and obnoxious, born into wealth, or both?

    The ability to obtain information at the drop of a hat has had many positive effects on life, but there are also countless negatives, too. This is the type of thing that fits the latter.

    • 4everUKblue
      12:28 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      Libraries will someday be nonexistent due to the internet, at that point all books can be edited pretty much with a few keystrokes….not a good thing.

    • RealCatsFan
      3:10 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

      Trouble with the internet is that you cannot be assured that the information is accurate, if not an outright lie. In the past, you could generally rely on info gleaned from libraries to be pretty solid.

  7. J-Dub421
    1:14 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    The only problem here is that this league doesn’t actually exist. Big Baller Brand already has an F rating from the better business bureau because they can’t get their product out in a timely manner, have sent people the wrong items/sizes etc. that weren’t what they ordered, and a host of other problems. You know that all the shoes, uniforms, and other gear for a Big Baller Brand league would be supplied by Big Baller Brand, but how would they manufacture these items, when they’re already having issues with production?? Not to mention they don’t have any players, coaches, trainers, etc. Starting up a basketball league is an expensive project, especially up front before you will begin to recoup any revenue. It doesn’t seem like the fly-by-night Big Baller Brand really has the start up capital to pull this off.

  8. RealCatsFan
    3:08 pm February 2, 2018 Permalink

    On another front – who the heck is “Tipton Edits”? Is this what Jerry does with his free time when he is not trying to dredge up dirt on UK Basketball?