The world went crazy when the news broke out that LaMelo Ball just broke the record for being the youngest player ever to finish with a triple-double in NBL history.


An NBA draft hopeful in 2020, the 18-year old guard finished with 32 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in over 40 minutes of action. He also committed just two errors during the entire game. The highlight of the match, however, was his transition three-pointer to tie the game up at 99-all and send the game to an extra period.


The 6-foot-7 guard from Chino Hills already notched his record-breaking feat towards in the third quarter as he claimed his 10th assist off a lob to Andrew Ogilvy. With the victory, the Illawarra Hawks just notched their third straight victory over the Cairns Taipans this season – their only wins in the tournament.

This performance by LaMelo may change the way how people look at his performance and possible contributions to their team, and the fans are more than willing to back him up.


Performances like this are deserving of a second look and one of the luckiest to see the milestone in person is Charlotte Hornets’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak. The Hornets aren’t sure in which order they are going to pick in the upcoming NBA draft but for sure, he was treated to a great game between Illawarra and Cairns.

Kupchak isn’t the only NBA GM that’s interested in scout young talents in Australia. Golden State Warriors’ Bob Myers is reportedly going down under to scout the youngest of the Ball brothers per reports from USA Today.

Also playing in the NBL is another young NBA prospect in RJ Hampton, who plays for the New Zealand Breakers. A five-star recruit from Little Elm High School in TX, the 18-year old point guard also chose the same path after declining offers from several NCAA Division 1 schools.

LaVar and LaMelo Ball Lavar Ball and LaMelo Ball look on from the audience during week eight of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Staples Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images