Expecting Victory: A Familiar Yet Fresh Feeling for Lakers


Ball won the state title and mythical national title his senior year in high school, just the same as James did. In one year at UCLA, Ball went 31-5 and reached the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Because the young Lakers together had a learning curve upon reaching the NBA, it's easy to overlook how used to winning they were previously. Josh Hart wasn't a top-two pick like Ball or Brandon Ingram, but Hart was the top dog in a broader sense in college: Hart was the leading scorer for Villanova en route to the 2016 national championship. Ingram was as good as it gets in high school, though, securing four state championships (even one more than James did), and then Duke made the Sweet Sixteen

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