An And1 streetball star has explained why former LA Lakers guard Lonzo Ball was bigger than Zion Williamson as a rookie.

Known for his spectacular streetball skills and significant presence in And 1 Mixtapes, “The Professor” recently spoke about his thoughts on Ball brothers Lonzo and LaMelo.

In an exclusive interview with Fanatics View, The Professor revealed that he once met the Balls in the past. However, he never thought that Lonzo and LaMelo will be one of the biggest names in the NBA. Professor also noticed back then that Lonzo and LaMelo’s biological father LaVar was already hyping up his sons game.

Based on Professor’s assessment of Lonzo’s career, the former Laker will be better off away from his father as LaVar has the tendency to affect Lonzo’s stardom in a negative way.

“New Orleans is a probably a good thing for him. Getwaway from hometown, looks like he has put some space between himself and his pops which may work in his favor,” Professor said about Lonzo.

However, the And 1 star also credited LaVar’s efforts to make his son a much bigger name ahead of the draft. As per Professor, LaVar made Lonzo the most hyped rookie in all NBA that even Zion Williamson was not able to top.

“It was like weird cause I felt like LaVar put a bunch of pressure on Lonzo but without LaVar hyping him I don’t think he would have went number 2 in NBA draft. His hype raised Lonzo’s stock but then at a certain point it put too much pressure or made it difficult cause I don’t remember a rookie more hyped than Lonzo ever. Not even Zion (Willaimson),” Professor pointed out.

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Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Jan. 7, 2019. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

As for LaMelo, Professor believes that the younger ball got a bright future ahead of him. But he also thinks that LaMelo should need to polish his game into a professional level. Overall, Professor is convinced that the Ball brothers will continue to develop their skills in the league.

“I think LaMelo (is) showin a lot of talent. Obviously a lot of tightening up he’s gonna need to do to be able in NBA,” Professor said.

“I think he’ll transition to NBA and I think both (Lonzo and LaMelo) those guys will continue to improve,” Professor noted.

Just recently, NBA legend and former Lakers president Magic Johnson commended Lonzo’s unique skill set. In an exclusive interview with Fox Sports’ “Undisputed,” Johnson said that Lonzo will make the Pelicans a team to watch out for this season.

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Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, March 14, 2019. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images