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Wednesday / October 27.
  • Syracuse commit Jalen Carey invited to compete in LaVar Ball’s Junior Basketball Association but won’t play

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    Syracuse signee Jalen Carey has been invited to play in LaVar Ball’s Junior Basketball Association, but won’t play in the fledgling league.

    “No,” his father John Carey said by text.

    The 6-foot-3 Carey from Montclair (N.J.) Immaculate signed with Syracuse in November.

    Ball announced the launch of the league in December. The Junior Basketball Association will pay players  “up to $10,000 per month,” according to a  release from Big Baller Brand, which of course will sponsor the league. The lowest-ranked player will receive $3,000 a month, ESPN reported.

    The league has no venues rented and ticket prices have not been set, ESPN reported.

    All nationally ranked high school seniors, whose main goal are to reach the NBA, will be offered an opportunity to join the JBA, turning pro straight out of high school and bypassing the usual college pit stop,” according to a release.

    LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, who recently signed with Prienai Birstonas Vytautas in Lithuania, won’t play in the new league.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.