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The curious case of UCLA commit Lonzo Ball

Lonzo Ball's limited visibility means the UCLA commit remains a mystery to some. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Lonzo Ball, a UCLA commit and the No. 11 ranked player in the ESPN 100, has caused more heated discussions among college basketball recruiting observers than any other high school phenom that I can remember. The issue has never been about his basketball prowess, but rather where he chooses to exhibit his immense talents.

Ball doesn't play on any of the three major shoe circuits for AAU, and has declined invitations to the biggest camps. The one time he stepped onto a bigger stage (Adidas Nations), he wasn't dominant. By not exposing himself to the nation's elite, questions have emerged. Is he afraid to step away from his comfort zone? Does he not care about his national rankings? Does he possess enough of the "alpha male" mentality to be successful?

Knowing a few things about Ball -- and his efforts to put his family and winning first -- can help answer those questions.