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Monday / May 20.
  • Nearly three weeks after saying LaMelo Ball could “sit out” his college career and prepare for the NBA if the NCAA rules him ineligible because of his signature Big Baller Brand sneaker, LaVar Ball has apparently decided to pull his youngest son out of high school, too.

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    The 6-foot-3 Ball is a junior at Chino Hills (CA) High School who has verbally committed to UCLA, but his father says he will now home school him and train him in basketball.

    “It’s good for Melo,” LaVar told the Los Angeles Times, adding that he had had concerns over new Chino Hills coach Dennis Latimore. “Less distractions. He just needs to focus.”

    Jahvon Quinerly, the 6-foot point guard from Hudson Catholic (N.J.) High School who committed to Arizona on Aug. 8, has been linked in various media reports to the FBI’s investigation into college basketball.

    Newspapers in Arizona and New York have already mentioned Quinerly, who turns 19 in November, in connection with the U.S. Department of Justice investigation that resulted in the arrest Tuesday of four high-profile college basketball assistants, including Arizona assistant Book Richardson, and a high-ranking Adidas executive, identified as Jim Gatto.

    “How do we know it’s Quinerly?,” Arizona Daily star beat writer Bruce Pascoe wrote. “The document reported that Richardson took a total of $20,000 in bribes and gave most of it to a ‘top point guard’ who committed ‘around three days’ before Aug. 11. Quinerly, a five-star point guard, announced on ESPNU on Aug. 8 that he would play for to Arizona.”

    Here are five key questions facing Quinerly, his family and his coaches moving forward.

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