Ball had allegedly not gotten along with the new Chino Hills High School head coach, as both were apparently at odds over the style of play the team was running. LaVar has threatened to have LaMelo skip college ball entirely and go play internationally before being draft-eligible.
Chino Hills has cycled through three basketball coaches in three years because of LaVar's meddling despite producing a 65-3 record the past two seasons.
According to BleacherReport.com, Ball's decision to pull his on from school stems from issues with the school's coaching staff.
"It's a new coach and I don't like him one bit", he told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. It seems like anybody whose training over here that coach don't want him in the team. You can put that on the principal and the coach over there. Now, he will have the next two years to train under his bombastic father and be homeschooled prior to heading off to college. I am disappointed it couldn't have worked better for LaMelo and the players.More news: Trump authorizes waiver to loosen shipping regulations for Puerto Rico
The next time everyone gets to see LaMelo play again is in the next spring ball.
It's a big hit to the high school basketball scene in Southern California, with LaMelo a star alongside his brother in recent seasons, including a 92-point outburst in a game a season ago.
LaMelo is the youngest son of the Ball trio, a basketball family that has captivated and/or alienated the hoops world over the past year, depending on whom you ask. But if this does actually happen it won't have much impact on LaMelo's future as he already verbally committed to UCLA for the 2019 class and, as LaVar told the L.A. Times, he still intends to sign with the Bruins. A more forgiving interpretation might call it the latest example of LaVar doing whatever it takes to get his son where they both want him to go.