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The Lonzo Ball Cheat Sheet

What you need to know about UCLA’s freshman phenom

(Getty Images)
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This season, UCLA freshman point guard and top NBA prospect Lonzo Ball has been one of the most electrifying players in college basketball. If you haven’t been following along this season, you’re in luck. The Ringer has been charting his path since before he played his first game in Westwood. Get caught up on the eldest Ball brother with our cheat sheet.

‘On the court, Lonzo controls everything in his orbit’

In June, Danny Chau profiled Lonzo and his two younger brothers, UCLA commits LiAngelo and LaMelo. All three brothers played together in the same high school lineup. The team ran a dynamic offense developed by their father, LaVar Ball, where ambitious outlet passes and deep 3-pointers were the norm.

Since arriving at UCLA, little has changed for Ball, who is again at the center of one of the flashiest teams in the country. His strengths have made him one of the top candidates for the no. 1 pick in this year’s draft, but parts of his game leave much to be desired. Ringer writers have highlighted some of the quirks of Ball’s style over the course of the season:


Mark Titus in February:

Jonathan Tjarks in December:



Kevin O’Connor on ‘The Bill Simmons Podcast’ in February:

Signature Moment

Zach Kram in February: