LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Sign With an Agent
It looks like LiAngelo will not return to college, and LaMelo won't even enroll anywhere.
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In a bold move, the remaining non-NBA Ball children have signed with Lonzo's agent, thereby foregoing their NCAA eligibility, according to ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
Earlier this week, LaVar Ball removed LiAngelo, a three-star recruit, from UCLA after he was suspended indefinitely for being caught shoplifting in China. And with this announcement, it appears LiAngelo will cut short his college career without ever having played a game. LaMelo, a junior at Chino Hills High School, won't even play college ball. In October, LaVar withdrew LaMelo from Chino Hills in order to homeschool him, while he waited out the two years before he could play at UCLA. It appears that decision has changed course.
Goodman says the plan for them, for the time being, is for them to play on the same team overseas.
According to ESPN:
"I don't care about the money," LaVar Ball said on Thursday morning. "I want them to go somewhere where they will play them together on the court at the same time. The priority is for the boys to play on the same team."
LaVar acknowledged that he didn't know of any direct offers, per se, but that he was letting their agent Harrison Gaines set up dealings with interested Asian and European parties:
"I don't know the deals and who is offering what," Ball said. "I'm letting Harrison handle all that, but I know there are a few teams interested. I just need to get them playing again."
This news comes just days after famed ESPN analyst Adrian Wojnarowski sent out a blistering tweet about LiAngelo's prospects as an NBA player:
LaMelo Ball, however, would-be class of '19 high school player, is a solid five-star recruit, according to 247 Sports. Best of luck.