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Lavar Ball is arguably the biggest name in high school sports. The funny thing is, he’s not even in high school. In fact, he’s at least a good 20-25 years removed from being in high school but he might be the most notable name you think of when you think about high school sports. It’s obviously not because of his play but because of the play of his sons and the hype he has created around them.

While his eldest son is currently playing professional basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers and his second eldest is entering his freshman year at UCLA, his youngest, Liangelo Ball was a junior at Chino Hills high school before Lavar ball decided to home school him.

Immediately many skeptics came out to question why Ball would remove his son from a prominent high school and strip his son from the opportunity to consistently play in front of scouts. These are concerns that would normally be be understandable 20 or 30 years ago but these days, it’s really not that big of a deal.

First things first, Lavar Ball has built enough of a brand and a following for his self and his family to the point where everyone is still going to be paying attention to Liangelo regardless of whatever basketball court he finds himself on. There’s also an argument to be made that high school basketball players seeking to play college basketball don’t really need to play high school basketball because of the presence of AAU. With the rise of AAU across the country, more college scouts find themselves at more AAU games than high school basketball games.

There’s also the reality of homeschooling being relatively normal for elite sports prospects. Tim Tebow, Simone Biles, and Venus and Serena Williams are just a few famous athletes to be homeschooled at one point or another in their lives. As you can see, homechooling didn’t stop them from showcasing their athletic abilities to the world.

By now, we understand that Lavar Ball is a character. He marches to the beat of his own drum and has no problem doing things in an unconventional manner. While there are a lot of things you can argue over when it comes to the decision making of Ball, homeschooling shouldn’t be one of them.

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