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Northwest Prep Sports

La Lumiere backs out of SPIRE game because LaMelo Ball is a 'professional'

LaMelo Ball will not be making his highly anticipated debut for SPIRE Institute on Tuesday because La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) backed out of the contest, according to Stan Maddux of The Times of Northwest Indiana.
In a statement released by the school on Friday, La Lumiere said that they are not comfortable playing Spire Institute (Ashtabula County, Ohio) because Ball played basketball professionally this summer in Lithuania. Here is the statement, provided by NWI:
“The scholar-athletes at La Lumiere School are here to prepare in every way for success at the college level,” the school said in a statement. “We aim to put together as competitive a schedule as possible for our team, but we have never played against a team whose roster included any players who have played at the professional level