By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former five-star college basketball recruit Billy Preston has left the University of Kansas to sign a professional contract. He has signed with BC Igokea, according to the team’s announcement.
Preston, the No. 18 recruit in the 2017 ESPN 100, did not play for the Jayhawks this season. He was involved in a November car accident that sparked concerns about the vehicle involved.
The vehicle in question reportedly made a “financial picture,” according to head coach Bill Self on November 14th, which put Preston in limbo with the NCAA as they investigated his situations. Had he stayed and the NCAA found wrongdoing, he would have been found ineligible.
“We were watching his situation closely and reached out to his family to show interest and ultimately reached an agreement with a family attorney in California on a contract for the rest of the season,” BC Igokea general manager Igor Dodik said.
Preston is the second college basketball player this season, who left without even playing a game. LiAngelo Ball, the middle son of Big Baller Brand CEO LaVar Ball and the brother of Los Angeles Lakers second overall pick Lonzo Ball, signed with BC Vytautas in Lithuania.
The elder Ball, through Lonzo’s agent, worked out the LiAngelo deal, which also included his 16-year-old brother LaMelo.
LiAngelo was one of three UCLA Bruins players, who were arrested in China for shoplifting from several stores. After being caught, they had to stay in a luxury hotel on house arrest until President Donald Trump worked out an agreement with the Chinese government to free the three and send them back to the United States without facing more Chinese discipline.
LiAngelo is not considered an NBA prospect. However, Preston is considered a borderline NBA player.
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