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LaVar Ball plans to start Basketball league as alternative to college

The outspoken LaVar Ball wants to start a league and pay the high school graduates as an alternative to going to college where they can not be paid.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Lavar Ball reacts in overtime while the New York Knicks take on the Los Angeles Lakers during their game at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2017 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of LA Laker, Lonzo Ball, and the owner of Big Baller Brand, said on Wednesday that he is going to set up a league for nationally-ranked high school basketball players as an alternative to going to college, where the NCAA infamously does not allow them to be paid.

The Junior Basketball Association is bankrolled entirely by Ball's sports apparel brand will pay players from $3,000 a month to $10,000 a month and he says he is looking for 80 players to make 10 teams, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.

"This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we're going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids," Ball told ESPN as the trend of one-and-done continues to entice players to spend one year in college before making the inevitable move to the NBA.

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