By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to his father, LaVar Ball, his son, LiAngelo Ball — the middle of three sons — would be a lottery pick. However, on Thursday night, the NBA showed that they thought differently.
The 19-year-old Ball went undrafted. Also, he is not one of the undrafted players, who has already signed two-way deals with teams.
Ball is the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who was the second overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Ball, the father, said publicly that his three sons would be playing for the Lakers.
He last played for Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas, also known as BC Prienai and BC Vytautas, a professional team that plays in Prienai, Lithuania in Prienai Arena.
There was belief even before the draft that he was likely to go undrafted. Ball attempted to follow in his brother’s footsteps by attending the UCLA Bruins.
However, before the season even began, he was involved in a Shanghai, China shoplifting incident, along with two other freshmen, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, on November 7, 2017, before their regular season opener against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
According to media reports, they all were facing a fine, along with anywhere between three-years and ten-years in prison. It was learned earlier this year in March that the trio stole sunglasses and bracelets from three stores — two stores had items stolen 90 minutes after the first crime — and the charges were later dropped, as the players were eventually allowed to return home to the States.
Riley and Hill were suspended for the entire season. Had Ball stayed in school instead of being pulled out by his father in December, he also would have been suspended for the year.
Now, he has no future in college. He also has no future in the NBA.
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