Lonzo Ball declares for NBA Draft, could stay in L.A.

Confident he'll be the No. 1 overall pick in June's NBA Draft, the UCLA guard has declined an invitation to next month's combine in Chicago.

UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball shocked few when he announced Friday that aSweet 16 loss to Kentucky would be his final college basketball game.

Expected to be selected in the top fiveof June's NBA Draft, Ball was the only freshman named first-team All-American after averaging14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and7.6 assists for the most prolific offense in the NCAA.

"That was my final game for UCLA, and I appreciate all the fans and all the support," Ball told reporters Friday after scoring 10 points with eight assists in an 86-75 loss to the Wildcats.

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Despite noise off the court,Lonzo Ball's outspoken father, LaVar Ball, isn't expected to impact his son's future in the NBA. The 19-year-old is widely projected to be the second player drafted overall.

Which NBA team will have the No. 2 overall pick will be determined with the draft lottery,but currently Ball's hometown Lakers are in position with the second-worst record in the league. Ball would fit in well with the Lakers'young, talented core and despite his poor shooting motion, have an instant impact on the league.

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