NBA Draft 2017: Lonzo Ball would rather play for Lakers than be drafted first overall

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.

Markelle Fultz,Josh JacksonandLonzo Ball are widely expected to be the top three picks inJune’s NBA Draft, but the order of which they are selected is still up in the air.

Fultz said Tuesday he expects to be taken first overall in the lottery. Thathonor, though,means little to Ball, who actually prefers to be drafted by his hometown Lakers.

“All my family is in L.A. so I would be able to play in front of them. That would mean more to me,” Ball said on ESPN's "Sports Nation"Thursday.

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Ball, who hails from Chino Hills, Calif., was the only freshman named first-team All-American after averaging 14.7 points per game, 6.1 rebounds and 7.6 assists for UCLA.

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

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