Jalen Rose claims Warriors told LaMelo Ball they were going to select him on draft night

Peter Dewey
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The Golden State Warriors told LaMelo Ball that they were going to draft him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, according to Jalen Rose.

Golden State ended up selecting center James Wiseman with the No. 2 pick, and Ball was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets at No. 3.

The Warriors already have superstar point guard Stephen Curry, but Ball would have been an interesting pairing alongside Curry and Klay Thompson.

However, the Warriors must’ve had a change of heart to go with Wiseman over Ball.

The Hornets rookie is having a solid first season, as he is averaging 15.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game.

As for Wiseman, he is averaging 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Both players have looked like the real deal as rookies, but Ball could make the Warriors regret their decision if he goes on to have a better career than Wiseman does.

The Warriors are 19-18 this season and are the No. 9 seed in the West.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.