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LaMelo Ball immediately proves he’s the star of his Lithuanian team

For The Win logo For The Win 1/9/2018 Andrew Joseph
LaMelo Ball immediately proves he's the star of his Lithuanian team: US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018. Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras MalukasPETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_VQ2GH © AFP/Getty Images US basketball players LiAngelo Ball (L) and Lamelo Ball takes part in their first training session in Prienai, Lithuania, where they will play for the Vytautas club on January 5, 2018. Basketball-crazed Lithuania welcomed LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, the two youngest sons of flamboyant Los Angeles entrepreneur LaVar Ball who recently made headlines due to a feud with US President Donald Trump. / AFP PHOTO / Petras MalukasPETRAS MALUKAS/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_VQ2GH

It's disappointing that LaMelo Ball won't get to play college basketball in the U.S. because he's actually good.

On Tuesday, LiAngelo and LaMelo made their professional basketball debuts with BC Vytautas in a Big Baller Brand-sponsored game against BC Žalgiris-2. The competition wasn't great - or even decent. But it was clear that LaMelo was the best player on the floor for Vytautas.

LaMelo's first possession was basically what we've grown used to seeing from him: a long, contested shot from 3. He missed badly.

Yet, when LaMelo got into his rhythm on offense, his skill was undeniable. He broke out a no-look pass on a fast break for sweet assist.

He had a strong finish through contact with the foul.

LaMelo had six points in the first half, but at 16, he proved he belonged. LiAngelo had seven points in the first half, but had some rough moments like a missed fast-break layup.

And sure, let's not get too crazy. LaMelo's defense needs to improve. He struggled to stay in front of his man even against a Lithuanian B-team and got into foul trouble.

Still, many expected LaMelo to be overmatched against pros in Lithuania, and that simply wasn't the case. He proved he belonged.

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