The Los Angeles Lakers selected former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Rob & I were able to get our first choice this evening. Laker Nation get ready, we are off to a great start. Welcome to the team Lonzo Ball!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) June 22, 2017
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.