As a 15-year-old Sophomore, LaMelo Ball had put the entire basketball world at notice with his surreal 92-point performance as his Chino Hills team had defeated Los Osos 146-123.
In only his first season at the NBA, LaMelo Ball has proven to be one of the most entertaining and best young talents in the league. The Charlotte Hornets youngster was on a tear during this past 2020-2021 season. Due to his captivating style of play, Ball has made himself a must-watch for every basketball enthusiast.
Despite having one of the most untraditional routes to the league, Melo has clearly superseded all the surreal expectations set for him. Melo even bagged the Rookie of the Year honours after averaging 15.7 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds while leading the Hornets to play the newly added play-in tournament
However, long before the 6-foot-6 guard even set foot in the NBA hardwood, he was already a common household name. Playing alongside his brothers- Lonzo and LiAngelo, at the Chino Hills High School together, LaMelo was easily one of the most famous high-school athletes in the nation. And why not? He had reclassified a year up to play with his brothers. He was in the starting line-up of the squad which went 35-0 while winning the CIF Open Division state championship as a freshman. Had a half-court shot that completely blew up on social media. Oh, and he also scored 92 points in one of his high school games as a 15-year-old!
LaMelo Ball had scored 92 points on 61 shot attempts as a 15-year-old Sophomore back in his Chino Hills playing days
Yes, you read that absolutely correct and there is no way we are making any of this up. 92 points! As a 15-year-old freshman, coming off his first and only loss that season, Ball managed to score 92 points as his Chino Hills defeated the Los Osos in a high scoring battle, 146-123.
Quite incredibly, the then-UCLA commit had taken a whopping 61 shot attempts throughout the game, going 30-39 from the two-point field goal and 7-22 from beyond the arc. The 3rd pick of the 2020 Draft had 51 points in the first three-quarters of the clash, before exploding for a 41-point scoring outburst in the fourth.
While a few fans were left in awe of a young 15-year-old kid’s spectacular achievement, there were plenty who decided to discredit Melo’s performance by keeping track of the points he had cherry-picked. According to “BallerVisions”, in that game, the youngest Ball brother had cherry-picked 22 points, calling only 76% of his 92 points “legitimate”. Cherry-picking points or not. Scoring 92 points in any game is worthy of a round of applause.
Clearly, LaMelo has been a certified bucket-getter ever since he picked the basketball. It is only about time, we soon get to witness a similar type of performance by Melo in the league, amongst the professionals.