Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer
Ed O'Bannon and Earl Watson believe that the Big Baller Brand eight-team Junior Basketball Association, which starts on June 21, will give kids who might not have been able to play in college an alternative way to pursue their dreams. LaMelo Ball will play on the Los Angeles squad. "They are part of a team and they are going to get paid and they get to represent the name on the jersey and name on the back," said O'Bannon, who along with Watson is on the JBA advisory board. "The time for this league was well overdue. I love the fact that they aren't blue chippers [that were recruited] and the fact that they have been given up on or maybe they didn't have the grades [for college], whatever the situation is, they are here now and they will make the most of this great opportunity."