From Chino Hills High School to UCLA, and now the Los Angeles Lakers.
Former CIF Southern Section standout Lonzo Ball was selected No. 2 overall by the Lakers in the 2017 NBA Draft after months of speculation.
Lonzo is staying home!!
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) June 22, 2017
Following Lonzo's departure from UCLA after his freshman season, Ball's father LaVar was adamant his son would play for the Lakers even before they had been awarded the No. 2 pick in this year's draft. And he stuck by it even after reports of a poor workout with the team hounded Lonzo just a week before the draft.
Some relief here at Lakers facility as Markelle Fultz goes No. 1 to the 76ers. pic.twitter.com/C9KlmSmFjE
— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) June 22, 2017
With bated breath, Lakers fans waited at a team watch party as the 76ers made it official they would be taking University of Washington's Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick. They let thatbreath out with a roar moments later as Ball was announced at No. 2.
As for LaVar? Well, he knew it all along.
LaVar Ball to ESPN about Lonzo Ball going to the Lakers: "It's a wonderful feeling. But I already knew it was coming to him."
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 22, 2017