Back in December, LaVar Ball made a big announcement, when he revealed he would be launching his own basketball league, aimed at players right out of high school that aren’t headed for or don’t want to go to college.
It’s called the Junior Basketball Association (JBA), and it would pay players a salary of somewhere between $3,000 to $10,000 a month, with teams in major cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.
At the time, Ball said it would be “easy” to recruit players, because they would be getting a salary, in addition to being seen by pro scouts.
Though the JBA expected to launch this summer, we’ve yet to hear about any players joining and/or signing.
Apparently, LaVar and Big Baller Brand has resorted to sending DMs to potential prospects. According to basketball recruiting site Tipton Edits, Ball has reached out to around 80 high school players to gauge their interest in playing in the JBA. So far, all top recruits have reportedly turned him down, and a couple, have put him on blast.
Tyler Herro, who is slated to attend Kentucky next season, is one of the players, and he hared a screenshot of the message he received from Big Baller Brand before revealing he declined the offer.
Big Baller Brand has contacted Kentucky Signee Tyler Herro about joining their new basketball league, the JBA. Herro has told me he has declined the offer. pic.twitter.com/qlnPXFoLPB
— TIPTON EDITS 🏀 (@TiptonEdits) February 2, 2018
Jalen Carey, set to attend Syracuse next season, was also approached by Ball about joining the JBA. He also declined.
Here’s the picture from Jalen’s Snapchat: pic.twitter.com/FvvROFxc77
— Syracuse Basketball (@cusesigel) February 1, 2018