UPDATED – 11-14-18

SPIRE and La Lumiere didn’t do battle for their scheduled game on Tuesday, but they seem to have started a Twitter war –

SPIRE claims forfeit win over La Lumiere for Tuesday’s scheduled game.-

On the November 10th (see below) La Lumiere tweeted

lalu ball comment

 

(11-13-18) Fall out continues for Ohio’s SPIRE Academy’s (Geneva) basketball team who recently added one of the Ball brothers, LaMelo.

The Ball family is basketball’s answer to the Kardashian Family.  Led by their dad LaVar (who is quite outspoken to say the least), Lonzo, who was a second overall draft choice by the Los Angeles Lakers and LiAngelo, who was part of an international scandal when he was on a trip to China before UCLA’s regular season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China, Ball and two other freshman teammates were arrested in Hangzhou for allegedly stealing sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store near their team hotel. The three potentially faced a fine and three to ten years in prison, but were soon released after help from the US government.

SPIRE is not associated with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, which makes it an easier move for Ball.  But games scheduled with SPIRE are now being cancelled after the announcement that he has been added to the program.

Now the fall-out for SPIRE that is just starting to taking place—

Not everyone has decided not to play SPIRE:

So is LaMelo a pro or just another high school basketball player?

In 2017 Ball signed with BC Prienai of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL) and Baltic Basketball League (BBL) (professional basketbal teams)

Has a signature shoe by his father’s company Big Baller Brand

  • Melo Ball 1- White – From $395.00 – $595.00
  • Melo Ball 1- Ice – $395.00
  • Melo Ball 1- Midnight – From $395.00 – $595.00
  • MELO BALL 1- BREAST CANCER AWARENESS – From $395.00 – $595.00
  • MELO BALL 1- COTTON CANDY – From $395.00 – $595.00
  • MELO BALL 1 – From$395.00 – $595.00

Ball and his new SPIRE teammates are scheduled to play in the Dayton area on Monday, January 21st, 2019 in the Flyin’ To The Hoop Tournament vs. Prolific Prep (CA).

OHSAA Executive Director Jerry Snodgrass:

Spire is a non-member and since there are no “points” given on any rating/playoff system, there is essentially no jurisdiction over them at all. Since Ohio is one of a few states that does not restrict who its members play, any agreement to play them is a contract executed between the two and if a school elected to void a contract with them, they would be subject to the consequences spelled out between the two.

Spire is a non-member and since there are no “points” given on any rating/playoff system, there is essentially no jurisdiction over them at all. Since Ohio is one of a few states that does not restrict who its members play, any agreement to play them is a contract executed between the two and if a school elected to void a contract with them, they would be subject to the consequences spelled out between the two.

In Ohio member schools can and are allowed to play SPIRE Academy, some states like Illinois will not allow their member schools to play any school that is not a member of an approved state athletic association.

High school athletes continue to make dramatic moves from one school to another on a regular basis. Is it out of control, yes, but don’t look for it to stop anytime soon.

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