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Lakers take Lonzo Ball with second overall pick in 2017 NBA Draft

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The Los Angeles Lakers selected former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. 

In his lone season at UCLA, Ball proved to be an NBA-caliber talent with his performance on the court. He averaged 14.6 points on 55.1 percent shooting and 41.2 percent from beyond the arc along with a nation-leading 7.6 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game. 

He also set school’s single-season assists record (274), which was also the second-highest single-season total in Pac-12 history. Ball is the first player in the Pac-12 to average 14.0 points, 7.0 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game since Jason Kidd at California back in the 1992-93 season. 

Ball was also one of four players in the country that earned consensus first-team All-American honors. He was also named to the first-team All-Pac-12, Pac-12 Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, and Pac-12 All-Freshman team by the Associated Press.

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Bob Garcia IV

Bob Garcia IV is a sports journalist from Southern California. He's currently the Los Angeles Lakers beat writer for Sports Out West. He's also currently a sports freelance writer for Sports Uncut. He's also the beat writer for LA Rams Report for Scout.com, which is a website dedicated to covering the Rams. Lastly, he was a reporter for the award-winning newspaper, The Daily Sundial, at California State University, Northridge. You can follow him on Twitter, @BGarcia90.
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