LaMelo Ball said he was born to be the No. 1 overall pick on the eve of the 2020 NBA Draft.
The younger brother of 2017 first-rounder Lonzo Ball is projected to be drafted first during Wednesday’s virtual event amid the coronavirus pandemic.
LaMelo Ball was crowned the 2019-20 NBL Rookie of the Year during his stint with the Illawarra Hawks in Australia, where he averaged 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists in 12 games before a foot injury cut short his season.
Speaking ahead of the draft, Ball said on Tuesday: “I feel like I’m born for this.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves hold the number one pick, ahead of the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Hornets.
Ball, who became the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double, added: “I feel like I’m just the right man for it. Like I said, I feel like I’m born for this whole thing going on, so that’s pretty much my answer right there.
“You only go through this process once, so I’m really just enjoying all of it.”
“I don’t look at anything like that as pressure,” he continued. “Like I said, it’s just basketball. So, being the number one pick definitely holds a lot, but I’m glad I was born for it.”