LiAngelo Ball Will Be Leaving UCLA
Since LiAngelo Ball and two others of the UCLA men’s basketball team were arrested after they were caughtshoplifting in China, he hasn’t seen a minute of court time since he’s been suspended indefinitely from the team.
Without minutes, Ball’s draft stock is taking a hit – if there was any stock to begin with. Either way, it’s not sitting well with father LaVar Ball, and ESPN has reported that he will be pulling his son out of UCLA in order to explore other options. He’s even stated that the punishment his son is receiving state-side is much worse than what he experienced in China.
UCLA responded with a statement coach Steve Alford on Monday which said that they respect the decision and wish LiAngelo the best in the future. As a part of the suspension, LiAngelo, and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, have not been allowed to travel, practice, or even suit up with the Bruins.
With LaMelo Ball still a couple of years away from entering college, this latest fiasco involving the team is likely going to affect Ball’s commitment to the school. LaMelo is currently ranked #7 in the 2019 class and had previously verbally committed to attend UCLA, but pulling LiAngelo will probably mean that LaMelo will be playing for another college when the times comes.