LaMelo Ball is absolutely confident that he should be taken at No. 1 in the upcoming NBA draft as his message was clear when asked going No. 1: "I'm born for this." Ball, who famously skipped college and instead went to play professional basketball overseas, played last year for the Illawara Hawks -- who compete in the Australian National Basketball League (NBL).
"I feel like I'm born for this," Ball declared during Tuesday's media availability, per ESPN. "I feel like I'm just the right man for it," Ball said. "Like I said, I feel like I'm born for this whole thing going on, so that's pretty much my answer right there."
The Minnesota Timberwolves have the No. 1 pick, the Golden State Warriors will be taking at No. 2, while the Charlotte Hornets have the No. 3 pick. "You only go through this process once, so I'm really just enjoying all of it," Ball said.
Ball claims he is not feeling pressure
Ball enjoyed a good season with the Illawara Hawks as he was named the NBL Rookie of the Year last season. "I don't look at anything like that as pressure," Ball said.
"Like I said, it's just basketball. So, being the No. 1 pick definitely holds a lot, but I'm glad I was born for it." In the 2017 NBA draft, LaMelo's brother Lonzo Ball was taken at No. 2 by the Los Angeles Lakers.
"He's in the same spot I was four years ago," Lonzo said of LaMelo. "The only thing now is he is much more knowledgeable than I was. All the failures and negative stuff that I've been through, he's already seen it and already knows about it.
He knows the answers to the test before he even went into the class." This offseason, New Orleans Pelicans guard Ball signed with agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, who famously represents LeBron James. "I wanted to lead my career," Lonzo told ESPN upon signing with Klutch Sports.
"Picking my own representation -- just solely as my decision -- was step one in that process. For me, it was an easy call, and it was the right time to make that call." Lonzo Ball is aiming to have a big season with the Pelicans and win The Most Improved Player of the Year award.
"Once we get in the playoffs, we take it one game at a time," Lonzo said. "For myself, I think Most Improved Player is definitely something I can get next year."