LaMelo Ball spent much of the summer and fall in an overseas tour with LaVar’s JBA league, but it was clear early on that the 17-year-old wasn’t enjoying his experience abroad.
It ultimately resulted in LaMelo’s return to U.S. high school at SPIRE Institute, and the latest episode of Ball in the Family focused on that process.
LiAngelo noticed that LaMelo “hasn’t been himself” on the JBA trip. He could tell something had been bothering him.
“Maybe it’s been a long trip or maybe he misses the States or whatever,” LiAngelo said.
When a producer asked LaMelo what had been up with him lately, LaMelo responded, “I don’t know.”
Later that night, though, LaMelo paid a visit to LaVar and associate Alan Foster at the hotel in London. He wanted to ask his dad about returning to high school in the U.S. LaVar wasn’t exactly pleased to hear that request.
They had the following exchange:
LaMelo: “I don’t really know how you’re gonna take this right now, but I just want to finish off my high school — like, senior year.”
LaVar: “I’m homeschooling you already though.”
LaMelo: “But like amongst my peers and stuff.”
LaVar: “Son, that ain’t gonna make you no better playing against high school dudes, man.”
LaMelo said that he wanted to go back to high school because Lonzo and LiAngelo did it. They had that experience. He wanted to have the same opportunity.
“No, I didn’t like that one bit,” LaVar said later.
After thinking about LaMelo’s request the next day, LaVar asked Alan if he was being selfish in trying to keep LaMelo in the JBA. Alan admitted that he believed LaMelo was right in wanting to return to high school.
“How could we deny him of that,” Alan said.
Alan and LaVar agreed to explore high school options for LaMelo, and they eventually settled on the prep-school route. SPIRE Institute immediately stood out.
They told LaMelo at a team dinner in London that he was heading to SPIRE in Ohio.
“I’m really excited what’s happening. I think it’s best for my future,” LaMelo said.
“No, I didn’t like that one bit.”