Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

LaVar Ball: Sons LiAngelo, LaMelo Have Signed with Agent

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Kristopher Love | 07 December, 2017, 21:55

"The priority is for the boys to play on the same team".

"If they are over there, I wish them the best", Lonzo Ball said. Ball had been committed to UCLA, like his two brothers, but the 16-year-old now has his sights set on professional basketball elsewhere after signing with 28-year-old agent Harrison Gaines, whose story is detailed by Sports Illustrated here.

Sources told ESPN that several teams in Europe and Asia have expressed interest.

The pair reportedly signed with Harrison Gaines, who represents older brother Lonzo, the second-overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft and the starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. Just a few days ago, the elder Ball claimed that his youngest son LaMelo would still go to UCLA after removing LiAngelo.

LiAngelo Ball is not considered an National Basketball Association prospect, but LaMelo Ball might be, depending on his development. "I'm not going to say I know for a fact he couldn't defend at that level, but he has never had to do it before and his overall athletic profile doesn't bode well in the future".

Considered the lowest-rated recruit of UCLA's freshman class, the 6ft5 LiAngelo was given three out of five stars on ESPN's college basketball recruiting page, which criticized his lack of lateral quickness and overall defense. "I just need to get them playing again".

Ball said he will likely spend time wherever his two youngest sons wind up playing, and he also intends to have their uncles go over and help.

LaVar Ball pulled LiAngelo from UCLA on Monday, telling ESPN that he was frustrated that the school hadn't made a determination on the length of his son's suspension following an arrest for shoplifting while in China last month.