WOLLONGONG, Australia -- LaMelo Ball is the most talented prospect in the 2020 NBA draft class. The 18-year-old is more than just a teenage internet icon with great highlights. He can flat-out play.
When you strip away the circus that has surrounded the Ball family, you'll find a 6-foot-7 point guard with elite basketball instincts, uncanny creativity, an even on-court demeanor, unwavering confidence and natural talent with the ball that no other player in the 2020 draft class currently holds.
Whether he ultimately reaches his potential is certainly up for debate, but after spending almost a week in New Zealand and Australia tracking his progress, one can see the talent is undeniable. Ball will make teams think long and hard about calling his name at the top of June's draft.
Let's break down his path to this point, what we saw from him in Australia and how RJ Hampton -- the other top-10 NBA prospect in Australia's National Basketball League -- is looking.