2020 NBA Draft prospect LaMelo Ball has withdrawn from the NBA Draft Combine, according to Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo.
Sources: LaMelo Ball has withdrawn from the remainder of the NBA combine. Ball participated in a media session and the standard league interview this week, but did not interview directly with teams.- Jeremy Woo (@JeremyWoo) September 30, 2020
The 2020 Draft Combine is different than in the past due to coronavirus restrictions. Taking place over the course of a couple weeks through video workouts and interviews as opposed to the traditional one week, one location combine, it should present a different look for players, executives, coaches and scouts.
Ball went through his combine media availability earlier this week, but will not interview with teams directly, according to Woo's report.
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In his combine interview with the media, Ball stated, "Ever since I was little, when I'd do little projects and stuff, that was one my goals - to go to the NBA and be the No. 1 pick."
"I feel positive anywhere I go. I feel I can make a good impact wherever I go," he said.
Whether or not his decision to withdraw from the combine means that Ball received a guarantee from a team remains unknown.
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It's not uncommon for players to withdraw from the NBA Combine. Other projected top picks Anthony Edwards, James Wiseman and Obi Toppin skipped the combine altogether.
The 2019 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall pick and reigning Rookie of the Year Ja Morant took a similar approach as Ball did, declaring for the combine, doing his league and media interviews, then withdrawing from the combine. Things turned out just fine for him.
We may have to wait until closer to draft day on Nov. 18 to see how this decision will pan out for Ball.
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