LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball Nearing Deal With Lithuanian Club

Ruben Hill
December 12, 2017

Following LiAngelo Ball's decision to leave UCLA last week, it was expected that both he and young brother LaMelo would try to play in an worldwide league in the near future.

It is not uncommon for younger teenagers such as LaMelo Ball to sign with professional basketball or soccer organizations in Europe, but for his family, the task was finding a club that would want to take on the challenge of finding playing time for both brothers while dealing with the inevitable antics of their outspoken father. They will report to the team in early January.

The boys' father LaVar Ball recently pulled LiAngelo out of UCLA due to frustrations stemming from the freshman's indefinite suspension as a result of his shoplifting arrest in China. LaVar said he would have both LiAngelo and LaMelo bypass college basketball and planned to search out pro jobs overseas.

The team's best player now is likely the coach's son, Edvinas Seskus, who was considered a huge prospect as a teenager but didn't develop as expected, partially due to injuries.

The language barrier could be an adjustment, but it appears that agent Harrison Gaines has found the most similar personality to LaVar Ball in European basketball. Vytautas Prienai players reluctantly listened to the coach and forfeited the game. LaMelo was a junior in high school but dropped out.

LiAngelo Ball is leaving UCLA for Lithuania. He left the team after a month. Tickets cost around 5 euro. LaMelo is a career 30 percent 3-point shooter, according to Krossover data (42 games and 605 attempts). Both LaMelo and LiAngelo will play roughly 20-25 minutes, according to ESPN.

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