The 6-8 Ballard decided not to play last year after starring at IVC during the 2008-09.
He chose to concentrate on only school at San Jose State.
But after being seen in some pick-up games by Spartan coaches this past spring, Ballard was persuaded to join San Jose State.
He is expected to sign a letter of intent very soon to play for San Jose State in the fall, according to Irvine Valley Coach Jerry Hernandez.
Ballard played at Trabuco Hills High, where he averaged 13 points and 10.3 rebounds as a 2006-2007 senior and then signed on with UC Irvine.
The 2007-2008 season had him on the court for 120 minutes as an Anteater freshman.
He then transferred to IVC where he was able to showcase his skills.
Hernandez enjoyed his time coaching Ballard.
"He is such a high character guy and is extremely unselfish and knowledgeable," Hernandez said. "I loved the kid."
Ballard averaged 7.7 points and 6.7 rebounds for the Lasers despite battling several injuries.
"I know it was a tough decision after he left here not to continue his career," Hernandez said. "He had opportunities. But I am glad he is giving it another shot.
"He should fit in just fine at San Jose State and I know they are happy to have him. Matt understands how the game is played and is very skilled player."
Ballard is majoring in kinesiology with the idea of eventually becoming a university athletics director.
When recently asked about what Spartan basketball fans should expect to see from him in 2010-2011 on the website spartanhoops.com, Ballard offered, "what Spartan fans will see is a hardworking, unselfish player who is willing to do whatever it takes to win."