LaMelo Ball and his manager Jermaine Jackson have purchased Australian NBL team Illawarra Hawks, Jackson told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
“Melo loves the Illawarra fans,” Jackson told Givony. “He loves that community. They opened their arms to him. They made us feel like we are at home. When we started hearing about the issues they were going through, we talked about it and decided, ‘Let’s own the team.’
Ball, 18 years old, is a potential top-3 pick in this year’s NBA Draft. He averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7 assists per game for Illawarra this season.